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 logical (audio) \ noun
logically \ ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce logical (audio) \ adverb
logicalness \ ˈlä-​ji-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce logical (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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Recent Examples on the Web This, Zimmerman writes, is the logical conclusion for a culture that punished women for keeping knowledge to themselves. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why So Many Mythological Monsters Are Female," 31 Mar. 2021 Here, chefs Nick Jarvis and Aaron Wilcenski take Portland’s nostalgic burger obsession to its logical conclusion, with its two skinny patties hanging over a soft Franz bun, the meat edges as lacey-crisp as a Detroit-style pizza ($8 for the double). Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Portland’s 14 best smash burgers, reviewed and ranked," 30 Mar. 2021 The other logical conclusion is that Jimmy Garoppolo, on the books for $25.5 million this year, is now available in a trade. BostonGlobe.com, "NFL free agency’s best moves and biggest head-scratchers," 27 Mar. 2021 The current debate over SARS-CoV-2’s emergence can seem like a logical final chapter—returning to the beginning to make sense of the end. Marion Renault, The New Republic, "Why We’re Obsessed Once Again With Covid-19’s Origin Story," 30 Mar. 2021 The story that girls are taught to adopt, as Febos puts it, is not a logical one. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Unending Assaults on Girlhood," 30 Mar. 2021 Unionizing felt like the next logical step in becoming a more legitimate advocacy group, some of the group's leaders told The Courier Journal. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "KY 120 United, the grassroots group behind 'sickouts,' is unionizing. Here's what to know," 30 Mar. 2021 The logical option there is Eric Peterson, who was with Smith for all three seasons in Logan, plus the previous four at South Dakota. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "New Utah basketball coach Craig Smith ‘made a lot of sense’ to Utah AD Mark Harlan," 29 Mar. 2021 The Mavericks were always viewed as a logical destination. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Why couldn’t Cleveland Cavaliers find a trade for Andre Drummond?," 27 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of logical

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

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14 Apr 2021

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“Logical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logical. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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