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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After all, what is a marathon other than several hours of resisting the powerful (and eminently logical) urge to slow down or stop? Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Here’s What We Know About Mental Fatigue," 10 July 2018 Virgo energy is logical, systematic, and sensible, so for the next four weeks, Venus's hedonistic tendencies will be quelled by this pragmatic earth sign. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's July 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 June 2018 The logical, and most likely decision, will be to play RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner up top. SI.com, "3 Key Battles Which Could Decide Germany's World Cup Clash With Mexico On Sunday," 16 June 2018 That’s only logical, considering that central bankers see short-term rates as higher than the current yield on long bonds by the end of 2019. Brian Chappatta, Philly.com, "Inverted yield curve is imminent. Thanks, Fed | Opinion," 13 June 2018 There's only one logical place left as to who would have sent the goon. Eli Watkins, CNN, "Lawyers for Daniels, Cohen trade barbs over 'goon' she says threatened her," 26 Mar. 2018 Those are logical places (where) main conferences could expand into hockey. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "Penn State is growing into ‘Hockey Valley’," 15 Jan. 2018 And while there could be a logical, non-shady explanation for that, there are other explanations, too, that have to do with someone rigging the system. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The John Travolta Gotti movie is waging a Trump-style war on critics," 22 June 2018 Maybe the finale will clear up what's been confusing, provide a logical explanation for what's been confounding, and make the character of Kristen Bayer-Boatwright less cringe-inducing. Kristi Turnquist, OregonLive.com, "'Here and Now': HBO's Portland-set drama has been an intriguing disappointment," 12 Apr. 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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