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Definition of Inductive Model

(noun) A research method in which a theory is induced through the collection of experiments or observations.

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Inductive Model Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ᵻnˈdəktɪv ˈmɑd(ə)l/
    • British English
      • /ɪnˈdʌktɪv ˈmɒdl/
  • Syllabification: (in·duc·tive mod·el)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: inductive models
  • If the hypothesis is true, the theory is confirmed but if the hypothesis is false, the theory is disconfirmed.
  • The more confirming evidence collected through experiments or observations increases the probability that a theory is true, however it does not guarantee that the conclusion is true because there is always a possibility of unfound disconfirming evidence existing.

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Cite the Definition of Inductive Model

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “inductive model.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 26, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/inductive-model/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

inductive model. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/inductive-model/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “inductive model.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 26, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/inductive-model/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“inductive model.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 26 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/inductive-model/>.