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A form of logical inference in which you start with an observation and jump to a theoretical explanation that is subsequently tested to see if the explanation fits the observation. Abductive logic leads to a series of hunches or educated guesses about what caused or causes the observations, but these might actually prove false. (See also inductive logic, deductive logic.)

Cover of Frederick, O'Connor, Kuratko (2019), Entrepreneurship Theory Process Practice (Melbourne: Cengage) Glossary term from Asia-Pacific edition of Entrepreneurship Theory Process Practice (Melbourne: Cengage, 2019)

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