reasoning backward

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Related to reasoning backward: deductive reasoning, Abductive reasoning
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Noun1.reasoning backward - the reasoning involved when you assume the conclusion is true and reason backward to the evidence
abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning - thinking that is coherent and logical
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Reasoning forward may seem natural; but they should be aware of the relevance and potential effectiveness of other approaches, including that of reasoning backward.
But the larger, painfully obvious objection to this argument is a structural one: Reasoning backward under the impression that the destructive results of this or that piece of writing invalidates its purchase on our serious attention could make "E=mc squared" the most taboo phrase in the language.
Especially when the new anatomy was employed in the already established practice of autopsy, the explanation of appearances in the dissected cadaver could involv e a chain of reasoning backward about past events in the body, and life history, of the deceased.