Definition of inductivism in English:


Pronunciation /inˈdəktəˌvizəm/ /ɪnˈdəktəˌvɪzəm/


  • The use of or preference for inductive methods of reasoning, especially in science.

    ‘Hume's analysis has been interpreted as reinforcing Baconian inductivism.’
    • ‘The presence of both an element of deductivism and inductivism (the feedback loop) is indicative of the positivist foundations of quantitative research.’
    • ‘For, unlike determinate abstraction, empiricist and rationalist abstraction is characterised by both inductivism and deductivism.’
    • ‘The author ignores another problem with inductivism, widely elaborated in philosophy.’