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    derive vs. deduce

    Can someone explain me the difference between those 2 words?

    Leo tells me that both mean "ableiten/herleiten".

    are there any differences when and how they are used?
    AuthorCrasher30 Aug 08, 16:21
    almost interchangeable in most instances.
    #1AuthorKoko30 Aug 08, 16:32
    I came across that in a Cambridge Advanced Certificate preparation.
    There I have a gap to fill with the word which best fits to the content.

    Unfortunately, they worked on the premise that English grammar is (..) from Latin gramar and that the rule of the latter............

    I have 4 words given:

    come deduced derived traced

    deduced is right in this case but i can't see the difference to derived.
    #2AuthorCrasher31 Aug 08, 21:56
    Interesting...I personally would have said derived, as I understand deduce to mean to establish a fact based on given evidence.
    #3Authorjamyskis (18367) 31 Aug 08, 22:01
    Die Anfrage gehört aber ins "Sprachlabor".
    #4AuthorPhillipp31 Aug 08, 22:03
    I agree with Jamyskis - 'derive' would definitely been my choice. Are you sure, Crasher?
    #5Author Gibson (418762) 31 Aug 08, 22:05
    have been my choice, sorry.
    #6Author Gibson (418762) 31 Aug 08, 22:05
    Zu #2: Schliesse mich der Allgemeniheit an, "derived" ist hier die richtige Antwort.
    #7AuthorPhillipp31 Aug 08, 22:07
    Sorry, my fault.

    derived is right in this case.

    But it brought up a nice discussion, there appears to be an important difference..............
    #8AuthorCrasher01 Sep 08, 22:49

    Deduce- it is basically a logical term, but in the everyday language also it means that we have a truth which is self evident and from there the conclusion follows... so it is deduce

    Derive.. is mostly based on the reasons... because of such and such reasons ( which could be various) we derive...
    Although this explanation may sound philosophical... i think in its essence it is acceptable...
    #9AuthorNathan01 Sep 08, 23:20
    Alright, I see that there is a difference (even though a small one) between deduce and derive. But could anybody tell me when to use "infer", because its translation is similar to deduce and derive.
    #10AuthorMe18 Mar 10, 09:27
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