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What’s the difference between deduce and deduct?

Sherlock HolmesAlthough both deduce and deduct are related to the noun deduction, they mean different things. Deduce means ‘conclude through reasoning’, while deduct means ‘take away’:

What can be deduced from these figures?
From this, Watson, I think we can deduce that the murderer was a man.

Tax will be deducted from your wages automatically.
You can deduct reasonable business expenses from your income for tax purposes.

Accordingly, deduction has two meanings:

A brilliant deduction, Holmes!
Deduction of car expenses is not allowed in your case.

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