enumerative induction

The method of reasoning that enumerates cases in which some regularity has obtained, and on that basis alone predicts its reoccurrence. It is usually contrasted unfavourably with more theoretical reasoning, or with approaches that consider variations in circumstances and possible causal explanations. See eliminative induction, Mill's methods.

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