1. To lead in; to introduce. [Obs.]
The poet may be seen inducing his personages in the first Iliad.Pope.
2. To draw on; to overspread. [A Latinism] Cowper.
3. To lead on; to influence; to prevail on; to incite; to move by persuasion or influence. Shak.
He is not obliged by your offer to do it, . . . though he may be induced, persuaded, prevailed upon,
Let not the covetous desire of growing rich induce you to ruin your reputation.Dryden.
4. To bring on; to effect; to cause; as, a fever induced by fatigue or exposure.
Sour things induces a contraction in the nerves.Bacon.
5. (Physics) To produce, or cause, by proximity without contact or transmission, as a particular electric
or magnetic condition in a body, by the approach of another body in an opposite electric or magnetic
6. (Logic) To generalize or conclude as an inference from all the particulars; the opposite of deduce.
Syn. To move; instigate; urge; impel; incite; press; influence; actuate.
(In*duce"ment) n. [From Induce.]
1. The act of inducing, or the state of being induced.
2. That which induces; a motive or consideration that leads one to action or induces one to act; as, reward
is an inducement to toil. "Mark the inducement." Shak.
3. (Law) Matter stated by way of explanatory preamble or introduction to the main allegations of a
pleading; a leading to.
Syn. Motive; reason; influence. See Motive.
(In*du"cer) n. One who, or that which, induces or incites.
1. Capable of being induced, caused, or made to take place.
2. Obtainable by induction; derivable; inferable.
(In*duct") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inducted; p. pr. & vb. n. Inducting.] [L. inductus, p. p. of inducere.
1. To bring in; to introduce; to usher in.
The independent orator inducting himself without further ceremony into the pulpit.Sir W. Scott.
2. To introduce, as to a benefice or office; to put in actual possession of the temporal rights of an ecclesiastical
living, or of any other office, with the customary forms and ceremonies.
The prior, when inducted into that dignity, took an oath not to alienate any of their lands.Bp. Burnet.