Do you induce, seduce, deduce, reduce, or educe?

The gift of a puppy finally educed a response from the shy boy.

Educe.  A new word for me.  How about you?

I heard it at a small group event this weekend.

Educe means to lead out, bring out, or draw out.

Like coaching a wise group facilitator studies how to educe the story, answer, plan, or solution from the  group individually and corporately.

Someone in our group asked excitedly if educe comes from the same root as educate.  The answer is yes and may impact our understanding of what education looks like.

So…does a good educator induce, seduce, deduce, reduce, or educe? Please Email Me Your Thoughts

Definitions: Merriam Webster; Online Etymological Dictionary   (My favorite English word resource!)

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  1. Marijke - New York

    A great coach educes the excellence that lies within the coachee, by inducing him or her to find solutions to their own life challenges, through careful deduction of the root causes and the reduction of negative thoughts and actions. No seduction is necessary. – Marijke, New York

  2. Andrew - Florida

    Personally, I think a good educator, teacher, facilitator uses a combination of all of them to make sure the audience gets the message.

  3. Louise - California

    I believe that a Good Educator educes and induces knowledge to each student.

    Reduce=bring to an inferior condition
    Deduce=draw a conclusion from something already known
    Seduce=lead away, lead astray
    Educe=to lead out, bring out
    Induce=lead into, bring in, introduce, conduct, persuade