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This is a pre-print of an article published in Synthese. The final authenticated version is available online at: https://doi. Abstract The relationship between Peircean abduction and the modern notion of Inference to the Best Explanation (IBE) is a matter of dispute. Some philosophers, such as Harman (1965) and Lipton (1991 Lipton ( , p. 58, 2004, claim that abduction and IBE are virtually the same. Others, however, hold that they are quite different (Hintikka 1998; Minnameier 2004) and theredoi:10.1007/s11229-019-02337-z fatcat:vz666str2fhj5j7syqi7vpweke