The Difference between Deduce and Induce
22/05/17 The Difference between Deduce and Induce
We deduce an answer by applying general rules to specific facts.
We induce an answer by collecting specific facts and looking for a general rule.
Other confusing terms: DEDUCT, DEDUCTION; INDUCTION
Deduct (to subtract) is sometimes misused to mean deduce, perhaps because the noun form (deduction) is the same for both words.
Induction, the noun form of induce, is much more common than the verb.