What is an Inductive Argument?

An Inductive Argument is a form of argument where the premises support the probability or likelihood of the conclusion. Regardless of the number of premises, the strength of the conclusion in an inductive argument depends on the strength of the individual premises that support it.

In comparison to a deductive argument, the conclusion in an inductive argument does not necessarily follow from its premises. The conclusion in this type of argument may only be determined in terms of its probability or likelihood of being true (probable or otherwise) and not its truth-value per se (true or false).

Inductive Argument
Here is a basic example of an Inductive Argument:

She has long hair.(P1)
She smiles perfectly.(P2)
She moves elegantly.(P3)
Therefore, she is beautiful.

Notice that the premises (P1 to P3) are independent of one another and support the conclusion separately. In short, they do not logically follow from one another. Each of the premises support the conclusion.

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