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Deduce \De*duce"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deduced; p. pr. & vb. n. Deducing.] [L. deducere; de- + ducere to lead, draw. See Duke, and cf. Deduct.]

  1. To lead forth. [A Latinism]

    He should hither deduce a colony.

  2. To take away; to deduct; to subtract; as, to deduce a part from the whole. [Obs.]
    --B. Jonson.

  3. To derive or draw; to derive by logical process; to obtain or arrive at as the result of reasoning; to gather, as a truth or opinion, from what precedes or from premises; to infer; -- with from or out of.

    O goddess, say, shall I deduce my rhymes From the dire nation in its early times?

    Reasoning is nothing but the faculty of deducing unknown truths from principles already known.

    See what regard will be paid to the pedigree which deduces your descent from kings and conquerors.
    --Sir W. Scott.


vb. (en-past of: deduce)

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No argument for the divine authority of Christianity has been urged with greater force, or traced with higher eloquence, than that deduced from its primary development, explicable on no other hypothesis than a heavenly origin, and from its rapid extension through great part of the Roman empire.

On the faith of ancient songs, the uncertain, but the only memorials of barbarians, they deduced the first origin of the Goths from the vast island, or peninsula, of Scandinavia.

From these specious and noble principles, the philosophers who trod in the footsteps of Plato deduced a very unjustifiable conclusion, since they asserted, not only the future immortality, but the past eternity, of the human soul, which they were too apt to consider as a portion of the infinite and self-existing spirit, which pervades and sustains the universe.

The most favorable calculation, however, that can be deduced from the examples of Antioch and of Rome, will not permit us to imagine that more than a themselves under the banner of the cross before the important conversion of Constantine.

The motives of his conversion, as they may variously be deduced from benevolence, from policy, from conviction, or from remorse, and the progress of the revolution, which, under his powerful influence and that of his sons, rendered Christianity the reigning religion of the Roman empire, will form a very interesting and important chapter in the present volume of this history.

From these vague and indefinite expressions of piety, three suppositions may be deduced, of a different, but not of an incompatible nature.

Two specious principles of religious jurisprudence were established, from whence they deduced a direct and rigorous conclusion, against the subjects of the empire who still adhered to the ceremonies of their ancestors: that the magistrate is, in some measure, guilty of the crimes which he neglects to prohibit, or to punish.

The modern Hungarians have deduced his genealogy, which ascends, in the thirty-fifth degree, to Ham, the son of Noah.

An ingenious critic has deduced the Merovingians from the great Maroboduus.

This appears to be the first origin of a ceremony, which all the Christian princes of the world have since adopted and from which the clergy have deduced the most formidable consequences.

From these institutions of peace and war Polybius has deduced the spirit and success of a people, incapable of fear, and impatient of repose.

Amida sustained a long and destructive siege: at the end of three months the loss of fifty thousand of the soldiers of Cabades was not balanced by any prospect of success, and it was in vain that the Magi deduced a flattering prediction from the indecency of the women ^* on the ramparts, who had revealed their most secret charms to the eyes of the assailants.

From the observations of two thousand years, the priests and astronomers of Babylon ^56 deduced the eternal laws of nature and providence.

Yet they accurately deduced their genealogy from Jaafar, the sixth Imam.

The frequent labor of illustration attests not only the existence, but the popularity, of the Grecian classics: the general knowledge of the age may be deduced from the example of two learned females, the empress Eudocia, and the princess Anna Comnena, who cultivated, in the purple, the arts of rhetoric and philosophy.