Abductive Reasoning: Definition & Examples


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Amy, age five, has only seen dogs that are brown. Therefore, she believes that all dogs are brown. What kind of reasoning is Amy practicing?

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1. All cars have at least four wheels. The Honda Fit is a car, so it must have at least four wheels. What kind of reasoning is being used here?

2. The milk smells sour and is on its last day of expiration. Therefore, the milk must have spoiled. What kind of reasoning is being used here?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Both this quiz and worksheet are designed to help you assess your understanding of abductive reasoning. In order to pass the quiz, you will need to know about the different types of reasoning.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet are available to help you review:

  • Examples of abductive reasoning
  • Different types of reasoning
  • Differences between the types of reasoning

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on abductive reasoning
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding examples of abductive reasoning
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about reasoning in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, check out the lesson titled Abductive Reasoning: Definition & Examples. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand the concept of abductive reasoning
  • Compare and contrast inductive and deductive reasoning
  • Review examples of abductive reasoning