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DEDUCTION

A reasoning process that moves from a universal premise to a less universal (or at times equally universal) conclusion; reasoning from the general to the particular, from principle to practice, from law to application of the law to an individual case or person. (Etym. Latin deductio, a leading down, derivation.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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