Inductive ReasoningOriginally Posted by Unregistered
"Inductive" reasoning derives from a Latin word meaning "lead into." Induction is the process of making a number of specific observations which lead to a general conclusion. For example:
On Monday, I ate an apple and got sick. On Tuesday, I ate apple pie and got sick. On Wednesday, I ate apple strudel and got sick. On Thursday, I ate an apple dumpling and got sick. Eating apples makes me sick.
Inductive reasoning: start by laying out some key facts, then delay tying them up together until the very end. Instead of proving your thesis statement, you are building it.