log·i·cal | \ ˈlä-ji-kəl \

Definition of logical 

1a(1) : of, relating to, involving, or being in accordance with logic a logical conclusion

(2) : skilled in logic

b : formally true or valid : analytic, deductive a logical statement

2 : capable of reasoning or of using reason in an orderly cogent fashion a logical thinker

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Other words from logical

logicality \ˌlä-jə-ˈka-lə-tē \ noun
logically \ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
logicalness \ˈlä-ji-kəl-nəs \ noun

Examples of logical in a Sentence

Since she helped us before, it's logical to assume that she'll help us again. He seems to be a logical choice for the job. She wasn't able to give me a logical explanation for her behavior.
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With its base of teaching hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, the Philadelphia region is a logical spot for Accolade, Nash said. Bob Fernandez, Philly.com, "Accolade, with 500 employees in Plymouth Meeting, seeks to boldly cut health costs for big companies," 12 July 2018 The president’s threats to NATO and the U.N. are no more logical than arson. David Lammy, Time, "I'm a British Lawmaker. Here's Why I’m Protesting Trump’s Visit to the U.K.," 10 July 2018 In any case, Torres is on the disabled list and might not be ready to participate, in which case Lowrie seems like the logical substitute. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "MLB All-Star Game: Eight biggest roster snubs," 8 July 2018 That, the logical Vulcan would have pointed out, depends on wise choices. Houston Chronicle, "How to “live long and prosper”," 7 July 2018 Make a logical argument This one comes from a list by the Art of Manliness. BostonGlobe.com, "17 survival skills for modern adults," 7 July 2018 But the rise of immortal digital actors is the logical outcome as today’s effects-heavy film-making techniques embrace the versatility of artificial intelligence. The Economist, "What if AI made actors immortal?," 5 July 2018 The logical thing to do, of course, is to highlight six of the most memorable moments in school history since making the jump to a Power Five conference. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Top six moments for TCU’s six-year anniversary since joining the Big 12," 5 July 2018 The fourth stage is taking the absence of a stimulus and treating as it as a symbol and a logical tool to solve problems. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The mind-bendy weirdness of the number zero, explained," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of logical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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English Language Learners Definition of logical

: agreeing with the rules of logic : sensible or reasonable

: of or relating to the formal processes used in thinking and reasoning


log·i·cal | \ ˈlä-ji-kəl \

Kids Definition of logical

1 : according to a proper or reasonable way of thinking a logical argument

2 : according to what is reasonably expected the logical result

Other words from logical

logically adverb

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