inductive reasoning

  

Definition

Method of reasoning from particular to general; the mental process involved in creating generalizations from the observed phenomenon or principles. With analogy and deductive reasoning, it constitutes the three basic tools of thinking. Also called induction.

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  • I believe inductive reasoning can be the best form of thought to create the most intelligent creations possible from the human mind.

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  • Sir Humphrey gave a droll and entirely apt example of inductive reasoning, as he said with a wry smile, "All cats have four legs; my dog has four legs, therefore my dog is a cat."

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  • As he attempted to reduce the number of valid options open to the firm, he utilized is skills of inductive reasoning to weed out the obvious improbabilities.

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