Adduce vs educe

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To adduce is to give evidence or reference as proof in an argument or discussion. The noun form is adducer and the adjective form is adducible.

To educe something is to infer or deduce from a data set or group of information. It can also mean to pull forward something that is latent, or bring out something’s potential. The noun from is educion and the adjective form is educible. In general this word is rare and its synonym deduce is more common.


He was in court to adduce evidence against the Mr. Kunju’s office, which he had accused of being a hive of corruption and nepotism. [The Hindu]

Looking forward, we can expect several days of testimony adducing the malign nature of “personal funerals” and their threat to the values we all hold so dear. [Toronto Star]

The website of the British corporate intelligence company Focus states that its asset tracing is “done to legally adducible standards.” [The New York Times]

After allowing two runs in the top of the seventh inning, M-CHS relief pitcher Taren Laymon took the mound with two outs and educed a game-ending fly ball to center field to secure M-CHS’s win. [Cortez Journal]

He collaborated with Dr Robert Fein, a national security and forensic psychologist, who chaired the Intelligence Science Board’s Study on Educing Information from 2004 to 2009. [Newsweek]

If a circumstance arises where an accident is unavoidable — say, for instance, a child runs out into the street — the computers that control the car do not yet have the ethical reasoning to deduce whether they should sacrifice the driver by suddenly swerving away, or run down the child. [Huffington Post]