What's the noun for induce?

What's the noun form of this word? It wouldn't be induction, would it? Induction seems to construe a different kind of meaning than induce.

Just wondering, since I don't know how to articulate something in words.

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  • 10 years ago
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    Induction is correct. For example: you are planning to induce labor, then the induction would take place. One can also correctly use the word inducement, but it is not commonly used and can seem rather unwieldy.

    in·duce (in do̵̅o̅s′, -dyo̵̅o̅s′)

    transitive verb induced -·duced′, inducing -·duc′·ing

    1. to lead on to some action, condition, belief, etc.; prevail on; persuade

    2. to bring on; bring about; cause; effect: to induce vomiting with an emetic

    3. to draw (a general rule or conclusion) from particular facts; infer by induction

    4. Physics to bring about (an electric or magnetic effect) in a body by exposing it to the influence or variation of a field of force

    Origin: ME enducen < L inducere < in-, in + ducere, to lead: see duct

    Related Forms:

    * inducer in·duc′er noun

    * inducible in·duc′·ible adjective

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    in·duce (ĭn-do͞osˈ, -dyo͞osˈ)

    transitive verb induced in·duced, inducing in·duc·ing, in·duc·es

    1. To lead or move, as to a course of action, by influence or persuasion. See Synonyms at persuade.

    2. To bring about or stimulate the occurrence of; cause: a drug used to induce labor.

    3. To infer by inductive reasoning.

    4. Physics

    a. To produce (an electric current or a magnetic charge) by induction.

    b. To produce (radioactivity, for example) artificially by bombardment of a substance with neutrons, gamma rays, and other particles.

    5. Biochemistry To initiate or increase the production of (an enzyme or other protein) at the level of genetic transcription.

    6. Genetics To cause an increase in the transcription of the RNA of (a gene).

    Origin: Middle English inducen, from Old French inducer, from Latin indūcere : in-, in; see in- 2 + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.

    Related Forms:

    * inducible in·ducˈi·ble adjective

  • 10 years ago

    It's inducement.

    Took me forever to think of that!

    the act of inducing.

    2. the state of being induced.

    3. something that induces, motivates, or persuades; incentive.

  • 10 years ago

    induction is correct, though it has several meanings.

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