il·​log·​i·​cal | \ (ˌ)i(l)-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce illogical (audio) \

Definition of illogical

1 : not observing the principles of logic an illogical argument
2 : devoid of logic : senseless illogical policies

Other Words from illogical

illogicality \ (ˌ)i(l)-​ˌlä-​jə-​ˈka-​lə-​tē How to pronounce illogical (audio) \ noun
illogically \ (ˌ)i(l)-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce illogical (audio) \ adverb
illogicalness \ (ˌ)i(l)-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce illogical (audio) \ noun

Examples of illogical in a Sentence

It is illogical to think that things will change on their own. the illogical claim that playing basketball makes people taller because one sees so many tall players
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First Known Use of illogical

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 May 2022

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il·​log·​i·​cal | \ i-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce illogical (audio) \

Kids Definition of illogical

: not using or following good reasoning an illogical argument

Other Words from illogical

illogically adverb

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