in·duce / inˈd(y)oōs/ • v. [tr.] 1. succeed in persuading or influencing (someone) to do something: the pickets induced many workers to stay away. 2. bring about or give rise to: none of these measures induced a change of policy. ∎ produce (an electric charge or current or a magnetic state) by induction. ∎ [usu. as adj.] (induced) Physics cause (radioactivity) by bombardment with radiation. 3. Med. bring on (childbirth or abortion) artificially, typically by the use of drugs. ∎ bring on childbirth in (a pregnant woman) in this way. ∎ bring on the birth of (a baby) in this way. 4. Logic derive by inductive reasoning. DERIVATIVES: in·duc·er n. in·duc·i·ble adj.
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