Definition of abductive in English:


Pronunciation /əbˈdʌktɪv/


  • 1Anatomy Zoology
    That carries out abduction; of, relating to, or of the nature of abduction.

  • 2Of, involved in, or characterized by the abduction of a person by force, deception, etc.

  • 3Philosophy
    Originally in the writings of C. S. Peirce: (of reasoning, etc.) characterized by a process of abduction.


Early 19th century (in an earlier sense). From abduct + -ive.