Meaning of abduce in English:

abduce

verb

  • 1Anatomy
    rare with object = "abduct".

  • 2rare with object Adduce.

  • 3Philosophy
    with object Originally with reference to the writings of C. S. Peirce: to form or infer (a hypothesis or explanation) by a process of abduction.

Origin

Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin abdūcere abduct.

Pronunciation

abduce

/əbˈdjuːs/ /əbˈdʒuːs/