deductive reasoning

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Synonyms for deductive reasoning

reasoning from the general to the particular (or from cause to effect)

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This may concern the validity of a deductive argument (and, when coupled with validity, we may ask why the premises are true (or false), which has to do with the soundness of the argument); or, it may concern the strength of an inductive argument (and, when coupled with strength, we may ask why the premises are true (or false), which has to do with the cogency of the argument).
He does not explain what, exactly, deduction is, but we may say that a valid deductive argument is an argument in which the premises entail the conclusion: If the premises are true, then the conclusion must be true.
The book's flaws consist primarily of an inductive rather than deductive argument about nurturing, faith, and a rather startling lack of detail in its citations.
A deductive argument takes the same form as a mathematical equation.