adduce


adduce
adduce, advance, allege, cite may be used interchangeably in the meaning to bring forward by way of explanation, proof, illustration, or demonstration; however, they usually are clearly distinguishable in their implications and in their idiomatic associations.
One adduces facts, evidence, instances, passages, reasons, arguments when one presents these in support of a contention
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at the close of the chapter Aquinas solves an objection adduced as damaging evidence against his position— Clark

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in the light of the parallels which I have adduced the hypothesis appears legitimate— Frazer

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One advances something (as a theory, a proposal, a claim, an argument) that is in itself contentious when one presents it for acceptance or consideration
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once or twice psychoanalysts have advanced that idea to me as a theoretical possibility— De Voto

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if such a proposal was not seriously meant, why was it advanced at all?— Hartmann

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half a century later when the Bourbon claim to the Spanish succession is advancedBelloc

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Allege may indicate a bringing forward or stating as if needing no proof
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younger scholars nevertheless can allege a very strong point on their side— H. M. Jones

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It may on the other hand stress doubt about an assertion or convey a warning about or a disclaimer of responsibility for the truth of matter under discussion
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those whose senses are alleged to be subject to supernatural impressions— Le Fanu

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Its participial adjective alleged, especially, often serves as a disclaimer of responsibility for the assertion
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an alleged miracle

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the alleged thief

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the presence, real or alleged, of some hostile group— Dewey

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One cites only something concrete and specific (as a passage from a book or a definite instance) when one adduces it in support of a contention; one cites by quoting a passage to give an authority; one cites an instance that serves as a precedent or illustration; one cites definite facts in support of something (as a claim or proposal) advanced
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the very real difficulties of modern physical science originate, in large degree, in the facts just citedJeans

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Analogous words: *exemplify, illustrate: *remark, comment, commentate, animadvert

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  • adduce — I verb adducere, advance, allege, allude, assert, assign, aver, bring to the fore, claim, declare, disclose, divulge, evidence, evince, furnish, give, indicate, introduce, manifest, mention, offer, place in the foreground, plead, present, produce …   Law dictionary

  • Adduce — Ad*duce , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Adduced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Adducing}.] [L. adducere, adductum, to lead or bring to; ad + ducere to lead. See {Duke}, and cf. {Adduct}.] To bring forward or offer, as an argument, passage, or consideration which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adduce — (v.) early 15c., from L. adducere lead to, bring to, bring along, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + ducere to lead (see DUKE (Cf. duke) (n.)). Related: Adduced; adducing …   Etymology dictionary

  • adduce — [v] affirm cite, illustrate, point out, prove, show; concepts 49,50,88 …   New thesaurus

  • adduce — ► VERB ▪ cite as evidence. ORIGIN Latin adducere, from ad towards + ducere to lead …   English terms dictionary

  • adduce — [ə do͞os′, ədyo͞os′] vt. adduced, adducing [L adducere, to lead or bring to < ad , to + ducere: see DUCT] to give as a reason or proof; cite as an example adducer n. adducible adj. adduceable …   English World dictionary

  • adduce — UK [əˈdjuːs] / US [əˈdus] verb [transitive] Word forms adduce : present tense I/you/we/they adduce he/she/it adduces present participle adducing past tense adduced past participle adduced formal to give a particular fact as proof that something… …   English dictionary

  • adduce — adduceable, adducible, adj. adducer, n. /euh doohs , euh dyoohs /, v.t., adduced, adducing. to bring forward in argument or as evidence; cite as pertinent or conclusive: to adduce reasons in support of a constitutional amendment. [1610 20; < L… …   Universalium

  • adduce — See adduce, deduce …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • adduce — [[t]ædju͟ːs, AM du͟ːs[/t]] adduces, adducing, adduced VERB If you adduce something such as a fact or reason, you mention it in order to support an argument. [FORMAL] [V n] The evidence she adduces to back up her arguments is usually authoritative …   English dictionary


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