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Abductive Reasoning - What is abductive reasoning with examples?


Abductive reasoning, also known as abduction, involves drawing a likely conclusion based on the information available. For instance, if you notice a bowl of hot soup left unattended on a table, you could use abduction to infer that the soup's owner is probably coming back soon. This type of reasoning is also useful when you need to determine what time you should leave home to make it to an appointment.