deductive reasoning

  

Definition

Method of reasoning from general to particular, it is employed in deriving general laws or principles from the observed phenomenon. With analogy and inductive reasoning, it constitutes the three basic modes of thinking. Also called deduction.

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  • He used his deductive reasoning to discover that the open window and the wind were the cause of the vase falling to the floor.

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  • Complex problems can usually be solved using deductive reasoning; if you try to figure things out based on what you already know, you can often find the right answer.

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  • Using deductive reasoning, we were able to conclude that the monkeys did indeed fling their poop at the baby kittens.

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