illogical

adjective
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 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 When people are illogical To humans, fairness is often at the heart of a good decision. Karthik Kannan, The Conversation, "How can we make sure that algorithms are fair?," 16 Dec. 2019 These sanctions would target a long-standing American partner—a rather illogical method of strengthening American influence and weakening Iranian control in the region. Abbas Milani, The New York Review of Books, "The Minimal Value of Trump’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ on Iran," 8 Jan. 2020 And everyone—at least those of us with illogical toddlers (in other words, toddlers)—is in it. Nat Kendall-taylor, Quartz, "The hardest part of being a parent has nothing to do with raising kids," 6 Dec. 2019 Northern Alaska is an illogical place for bats because temperatures are below freezing much of the year and, as Yukon biologist Tom Jung says, bats love heat. Anchorage Daily News, "Little brown bats remain a northern mystery," 2 Nov. 2019 Reed’s career brimmed with illogical moves, well-documented in most of his biographies. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Lou Reed reconsidered: Did self-sabotage obscure some of his best music?," 1 Oct. 2019 Fighting is a logical reaction to an illogical world. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Promoter Lou DiBella wants reform after second boxer dies this week," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of illogical

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Illogical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/illogical. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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More Definitions for illogical

illogical

adjective
How to pronounce illogical (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of illogical

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

illogical

adjective
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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