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deduction

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deduction

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  1. that which is deducted; that which is subtracted or removed
  2. a sum that can be removed from tax calculations; something that is written off
    You might want to donate the old junk and just take the deduction.
  3. a conclusion; that which is deduced, concluded or figured out
    He arrived at the deduction that the butler didn't do it.
  4. the ability or skill to deduce or figure out; the power of reason
    Through his powers of deduction, he realized that the plan would never work.
  5. (logic)a. a process of reasoning that moves from the general to the specific, in which a conclusion follows necessarily from the premises presented, so that the conclusion cannot be false if the premises are true.
    b. a conclusion reached by this process

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