logical

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

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 How to pronounce logicality (audio) \ noun
logically \ ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce logically (audio) \ adverb
logicalness \ ˈlä-​ji-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce logicalness (audio) \ 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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That is logical, of course, given fraud has little to do with inequality. Jena Mcgregor, chicagotribune.com, "Just one sexual harassment claim can tarnish a company's image, study says," 3 July 2018 Part of the wonderful deadpan humor of the novels is that no matter how logical her objections are, no one ever revises his or her story. New York Times, "Rachel Cusk Strips the Novel Down to Its Frame. Again.," 6 June 2018 More than a faithful imitation, Adele’s gauzy dress is the logical conclusion of the recent prairie-dress craze. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Adele Transforms Into Another Famous Country Singer on Instagram," 15 Jan. 2019 Of course, the other thing about optical illusions is that there’s often a logical conclusion. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Photo of Gigi Hadid's "Missing" Belly Button Is a Total Optical Illusion," 13 Jan. 2019 Rockets that would have looked right at home on the set of Destination Moon seemed logical too many, but not to NASA engineer John C. Houbolt. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 Peter Cook: The sharing of space is logical: civilizations should always be prepared to ameliorate. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How the Archigram architectural collective, profiled in a comprehensive new book, designed for a more radical, and random, future," 26 Nov. 2018 There was really no logical explanation to why (Shaw) wasn’t a top-10 prospect. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Where did Travis Shaw's ‘Mayor of Ding Dong City’ nickname come from, anyway?," 24 May 2018 Just can't see a logical explanation for Jack Wilshere not being in the England squad. SI.com, "Report Reveals the Reasons Behind Southgate's Decision to Omit Jack Wilshere From World Cup Squad," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of logical

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

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logical

adjective

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

logical

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

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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