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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People often think of cats as weird—as if human behavior is so logical. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Here’s why cats hate belly rubs so much," 11 June 2019 Targeting a forward like Cam Reddish or De’Andre Hunter also seems logical. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Biggest Needs for All 30 Teams in the 2019 NBA Draft," 6 June 2019 Speculation has been wild about Baby Sussex, with people reaching for explanations about why Markle hasn't given birth yet, instead of the logical conclusion that even royals can't control nature. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Spending Their Time Waiting for the Royal Baby," 4 May 2019 And given how much politically damaging information federal authorities possessed about the Trump campaign before Election Day — and chose not to disclose — the president’s charge does not even make logical sense. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Lawyer Invited to Classified Briefing on Investigation of Trump," 24 May 2018 Romantic love often awakens emotions that don’t make logical sense — especially first-time romantic love. Cheryl Strayed And Steve Almond, New York Times, "My Girlfriend Is Perfect Except for Everyone She Dated and I Obsessively Think About Them Hourly," 3 Apr. 2018 The only logical solution seems to have Riverdale heartthrob Charles Melton go under the table with a flashlight to find it. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Lana Condor's 2019 Met Gala Dress Was So Big She Lost Her Phone In It," 7 May 2019 One logical place to look for this battery to be used is on Boeing’s cargo drone, a 15-foot-wide drone that first flew last year. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "New Lithium Metal Batteries Can Power Drones for Longer (and It Could Change Everything)," 16 Apr. 2019 Well, that sounds logical, but the reality is that Seattle isn’t about to just hand McCrimmon a job as the only candidate. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "When will Seattle’s NHL franchise hire a general manager? The answer may lie in Edmonton.," 10 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of logical

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

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The first known use of logical was in the 15th century

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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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