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

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Other Words from illogical

illogicality \ (ˌ)i(l)-​ˌlä-​jə-​ˈka-​lə-​tē How to pronounce illogicality (audio) \ noun
illogically \ (ˌ)i(l)-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce illogically (audio) \ adverb
illogicalness \ (ˌ)i(l)-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce illogicalness (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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These were the illogical conclusion of Bluetooth, Tony Hawk video games, and lots of money. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Rode a Boosted Board From New York to Philadelphia," 27 Dec. 2018 The cast — which also memorably includes Denis Conway as Padraic’s dad and Chris Walley as the young idiot next door — effortlessly conveys the illogical logic and perverse mundanity of the dialogue. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Orlando Bloom and Aidan Turner Are Drenched in Blood in London," 4 July 2018 Of all the years to move the calendar back to March for opening day, this turned out to be the most illogical. David Haugh,, "Mother Nature must really hate baseball, America's national frost time," 16 Apr. 2018 Bodily intuition insists that this is illogical, wrong. Gayle Clemans, The Seattle Times, "‘The Veil’ exhibition at Bridge Productions spans ideas of what’s seen and unseen," 7 Aug. 2018 The Wirepoints analysis cited is flawed because its comparison of growth in pension liabilities to state gross domestic product growth is illogical and has no theoretical basis. WSJ, "Who’s to Blame for Underfunded Pensions?," 30 July 2018 Case in point: The comedian responded to Trump's illogical remarks about global warming with some sound advice. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "17 Celebrities Who've Clapped Back at Donald Trump," 23 July 2018 When the town of Swampscott, MA, needed to replace the old Victorian home that housed its senior center, spending money on a new building seemed illogical. Maria Carter, Woman's Day, "At One Inspiring Boston-Area High School, Students and Seniors Learn Together," 15 Oct. 2015 Handing out a pink slip simply for failing to topple James would have been illogical and unfair too. Ben Golliver,, "Raptors Coach Dwane Casey Wasn't Fired Because He Lost to LeBron," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of illogical

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of illogical was in 1588

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English Language Learners Definition of illogical

: not showing good judgment : not thinking about things in a reasonable or sensible way : not logical


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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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