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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My next logical step was, being in advertising, who is supporting it? Eric Johnson, Recode, "How a Twitter account convinced 4,000 companies to stop advertising on Breitbart," 3 Sep. 2018 The only logical reason for Ana to file a complaint with the EEOC is in the hope that her case may be one of the very few complaints the commission decides to take to court on behalf of a worker or group of workers. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "The quiet tactic employers use to keep you from suing them," 1 Aug. 2018 There is no logical reason for Bridges, with a degree in hand, to return to college and risk hurting his draft position. John Smallwood, Philly.com, "Sports Tonight: NCAA championship game details, what to read," 2 Apr. 2018 The only logical reason to have such a weapon was to use it first in a nuclear war, as a surprise weapon meant to destroy American leadership and nuclear command and control systems. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Secret Soviet Space Weapon Mistaken for a UFO," 23 Aug. 2017 Those common elements make them logical places for Amazon to establish big new offices, but also raise importation questions about whether the big new Amazon offices will actually be beneficial to anyone besides Amazon. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The tragedy of Amazon’s HQ2 selections, explained," 9 Nov. 2018 The Smithsonian Scientific Center provides a much more logical explanation for the meteorological phenomenon. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "A Beautiful Rainbow Just Appeared Over St. George's Chapel Ahead of Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 But as Camille notes, this whole scene seems more like an attempt to frame someone than a logical place for an actual killer to ditch a key piece of evidence. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 6: Camille Is in Deep Trouble," 13 Aug. 2018 At the time, planners were looking for a logical place on the waterfront to jumpstart residential development. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Will a new riverfront concert venue close the gap between Fishtown and the Delaware - or widen it?," 28 June 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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