or "ih DYOOS" I say it the first way, since that rhymes with how I say "reduce."
Part of speech:
(Like “eat,” “try,” and “want,” all transitive verbs do something to an object.
You eat a banana, try a game, and want a new phone.
Likewise, you educe something.)
To educe something is to bring it out, and before you educed it, it was hidden or undeveloped.
educed, educing, eductor, educible, eduction
How to use it:
You don't educe objects, so don't say, for example, "I educed the rabbit from the hat." Instead, you educe things that can't be touched: Talk about educing an idea, educing an emotion, educing a response, educing beauty, educing information, educing pleasure, educing some meaning, educing some value, educing some guiding principles, etc.
You often educe something from something else ("We managed to educe some truth from that long, exaggerated speech"), or educe something out of something else ("You could educe so much more value out of your internship if you'd try harder at it.")
You can also use "educe" as a synonym for "deduce." "The detective educed who the culprit was." In that case, though, why not just say "deduce"? (Just my opinion.)
A good product review is clear and direct. We shouldn't have to analyze and reread the text to find any educible recommendation for or against purchasing the product.
If you give someone a checklist of possible complaints they might want to bring up, you'll tend to educe more complaints than if you had just asked that person an open-ended question. That's a phenomenon that one of my professors called the "Hey, now that you mention it" effect.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "educe” means when you can explain it without saying “draw forth" or “reveal something potential."
Think of someone you know very well, someone you enjoy talking to, and fill in the blanks: "I know if I ask (Person) (about/for) (something,) I'll be able to educe _____ from (him/her)."
Example: "I know if I ask Dad for advice about finances, I'll be able to educe a lot detailed and useful information from him."
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A Point Well Made:
Robin Wall Kimmerer: "Attentiveness alone can rival the most powerful magnifying lens."
1. The opposite of EDUCE is
2. In a poem, Robert Browning states that life "educes the man," probably meaning that life _____.
A. offers pain and happiness in roughly equal parts
B. issues us some challenges that, should we accept them, ultimately ruin us
C. draws us into experiences and provides us opportunities to become who we ought to be
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