What does abductive mean?

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Adjective
  1. (anatomy) Related or pertaining to abductor muscles and their movement. [Mid 19th century.]
  2. (logic) Characterizing a logical process as being one of abduction or inference. [Early 20th century.]
  3. (rare) Abducting, pertaining to an abduction (a kidnapping).
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The basic mechanism is subsequently extended by an abductive reasoning system which is guided by subjective probability.
It makes use of abductive reasoning, which is fundamentally different from induction and deduction.
It should be noted that the abductive method is associated with the pragmatist school of philosophy, which does not hold a realist view of knowledge.
Holmes's primary intellectual detection method is abductive reasoning.
By juxtaposing Popper against Nietzsche, I would outline an abductive system which connects individual perspectivism with scientific reality.

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