an·​a·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌa-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce analogical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly analogic \ ˌa-​nə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce analogical (audio) \

Definition of analogical

1 : of, relating to, or based on analogy
2 : expressing or implying analogy

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analogically \ ˌa-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce analogical (audio) \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web In short, the key to prepare for the future is analogical reasoning. Christian Stadler, Forbes, "How Will Megatrends Affect Your Business? Learning The Bain Futures Method," 17 Mar. 2021 Teddy Roosevelt’s crusade against the robber barons has a lot of analogical appeal for people who agree with Miller about the coercive nature of private corporations. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The Ghost of Theodore Roosevelt," 28 Feb. 2021 So George Dyson argues in this brilliant, idiosyncratic meta-meditation on analogical analogs throughout history. Wired Staff, Wired, "The Best Pop Culture That Got Us Through 2020," 16 Dec. 2020 Similar habits of analogical inference guide scientists in their speculations about features of the cosmos. Peter E. Gordon, The New York Review of Books, "Why Historical Analogy Matters," 7 Jan. 2020 The signatories of the open letter to the USHMM were entirely right to say that analogical reasoning is indispensable to the human sciences. Peter E. Gordon, The New York Review of Books, "Why Historical Analogy Matters," 7 Jan. 2020 Yet unless McEwan really means to suggest that his countrymen on the Brexiting right are evil, the gesture simply lacks analogical power. Graham Hillard, National Review, "Ian McEwan Doesn’t Get Brexit," 24 Oct. 2019 The result is an intriguing mix of inside and outside, of analogical and virtual realities. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Celebs Turned Out for the Prada Resort 2019 Fashion Show in New York," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of analogical

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for analogical

Latin analogicus "of grammatical analogy" (borrowed from Greek analogikós "based on mathematical ratios, of analogy in grammar," from analogía "proportion, analogy" + -ikos -ic entry 1) + -al entry 1

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“Analogical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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