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
Recent Examples on the Web In my view, his rationale is illogical and is inconsistent with the evidence. H. Christopher Frey, The Conversation, "EPA decides to reject the latest science, endanger public health and ignore the law by keeping an outdated fine particle air pollution standard," 1 May 2020 Now, with many restaurants shut down completely, launching a new business seems illogical if not downright insane. Los Angeles Times, "Opening a new restaurant during a pandemic? Why some chefs are moving forward with business," 3 Apr. 2020 Following your heart may seem illogical, but today things are likely to work out for you. oregonlive, "Horoscope for March 7, 2020: Happy birthday Jenna Fischer; Aquarius, follow your heart today," 7 Mar. 2020 The popular color seemed illogical considering the smudging gray desert winds that regularly blew through. Brandon Presser, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Visit Uzbekistan, A Country Undergoing a Tourism Renaissance," 24 Feb. 2020 That her placement of items in the fridge is illogical? Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Can Your Relationship Survive the Togetherness of a Pandemic? Here Are 11 Things Couples' Therapists Recommend," 27 Mar. 2020 But this behavior isn’t proof of an illogical and superstitious population: Call it the consequences of trauma. Ilaria Maria Sala, Quartz, "Hong Kong’s coronavirus panic buying isn’t hysteria, it’s unresolved trauma," 12 Feb. 2020 You may be tempted to empty your wallet to make an illogical purchase. oregonlive, "Horoscope for March 10, 2020: Gemini, stay alert; Sagittarius, don’t take shortcuts on financial security," 10 Mar. 2020 The rest are paintings of black children in nature, an old trope since blacks were considered creatures of nature — simple, illogical, and best suited to the garden or the field. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "To the 1619 Project: Use More Art, Less Fake History," 25 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of illogical

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Illogical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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