Lead the Way: Duc and Duct – 30 Words

abduct

take away to an undisclosed location against their will

The biggest letdown about being abducted by aliens is the abundance of gravity on the spaceship.We Are the Ants
abduction

the criminal act of carrying someone away by force

Every day, from the time of his abduction through his training, he prayed in his heart for a chance to escape.New York Times (Jun 21, 2017)
adduce

advance evidence for

Adduce a pattern and you have to infer that the expansion will continue.Forbes (Feb 10, 2015)
aqueduct

a conduit that carries water over a valley

Northern reservoirs funnel water to the southern half of the state through a complex system of concrete aqueducts.Washington Post (May 28, 2016)
conducive

tending to bring about; being partly responsible for

As his own boss, he said he worked his schedule to be more conducive to creativity.Washington Times (Aug 23, 2017)
conduct

the way a person behaves toward other people

Instead she continued to pretend that her son was doing fine, that his grades were good and his conduct was improving.Hoot
conductivity

the property of transmitting heat, electricity, or sound

“Cast iron doesn’t drop in temperature as much as thinner pans with better conductivity,” like aluminum and stainless steel.New York Times (Jun 28, 2016)
conductor

the person who leads a musical group

As the conductor waved his arms, he molded the air like handfuls of soft clay, and the musicians carefully followed his every direction.The Phantom Tollbooth
deduce

conclude by reasoning

Hence a linguist would immediately deduce correctly that the English language arose in coastal northwestern Europe and spread around the world from there.Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
deduct

make a subtraction

If a target is missed, there is a five-second penalty, which means they will deduct five seconds from your time.Washington Times (May 22, 2017)
deduction

reasoning from the general to the particular

“To make sense of all this, I must use my powers of deduction,” Penelope thought to herself.The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling
ducal

of or belonging to or suitable for a duke

Verona has the charm of ducal Italian cities: grandeur and intimacy at the same time.Forbes (Apr 5, 2015)
duct

an enclosed conduit for a fluid

Every crevice, duct and electrical outlet is coated with a special sealant to prevent leakage.Wall Street Journal (Sep 14, 2016)
ductile

capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out

Materials that can undergo lots of plastic deformation before they finally break are called ductile.Scientific American (May 7, 2015)
educate

give knowledge acquired by learning and instruction

But after she had her two children, Mom and our uncle Jim, she became a teacher because she didn’t trust anyone else to educate them.The Glass Castle
educe

bring out or develop, especially from a potential state

The Latin root of the word educate is ‘ educe,’ which means to draw out that which lies inside the student.Forbes (Nov 21, 2012)
induce

cause to arise

Fear, he realizes, helps to keep him awake, so he decides to induce it.Enrique’s Journey
inducement

a positive motivational influence

While North America and Europe banned lavish gifts to doctors years ago, financial inducements remain commonplace in many parts of the world.Reuters (Jul 12, 2013)
induct

admit as a member

Aretha Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Time (Sep 7, 2017)
induction

reasoning from detailed facts to general principles

But there’s a difference between believing that, with reason—my induction from knowledge of the facts—and reporting it as a fact.Wall Street Journal (Jan 4, 2017)
introduce

bring something new to an environment

The astrolabe was introduced to Europe by the eleventh century, where it saw wide use until the Renaissance.Circumference
introduction

the act of starting something for the first time

There was once a state legislator in Wisconsin who objected to the introduction of daylight saving time despite all the good arguments for it.Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences
irreducible

incapable of being made smaller or simpler

The Earth is a complex system, an irreducible complexity that defies simplification into computer models.Scientific American (Nov 30, 2015)
produce

cause to happen, occur or exist

Good food is supposed to produce good conversation I’ve heard.The Pigman
product

a commodity offered for sale

Everywhere I looked, I saw famous, widely advertised products sitting on laboratory desks and tables.Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
production

the act or process of making something

Lawrence’s experience as an impresario of Big Science gave him an instinctive grasp of how to scale up a process from prototype to production.Big Science
reduce

make smaller

The program reduces pollution and conserves natural resources.We Are the Ants
reduction

the act of decreasing something

Higher rates of economic growth, facilitated by periodic doses of liberalization, pushed forward poverty reduction.The World Is Flat
seduce

lure or entice away from duty, principles, or proper conduct

“Do not be seduced by false glamour; do not shirk your duties; do not wander off alone into the Wood at night.”Ash
traduce

speak unfavorably about

They were watching for opportunities to traduce Franklin, to ruin his reputation, and if possible, to bring him into contempt.Abbott, John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot)

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