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 Teaches kids to use logical and problem-solving skills to figure out how the cogs make creations move. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "The best engineering toy," 12 Dec. 2020 What happens next is perfectly logical in the gentle world Smiley conjures here, at once surprising and satisfying in the way of all good stories. Ellen Akins Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Perestroika in Paris,' by Jane Smiley," 11 Dec. 2020 Given that backdrop, turning those paper gains into real cash is a perfectly wise and logical thing for Mr. Musk to do. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Tesla Is Watching Its Stock Price Too," 8 Dec. 2020 The anecdotal-but-perfectly-logical explanation, TxDOT traffic engineers say, appears to be that with fewer drivers on the road, people are able to drive the full speed limit and, yes, even speed dangerously. ExpressNews.com, "Express Briefing: Holiday traffic might decrease, but auto not deaths. Here’s why.," 8 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, those who are high in testosterone tend to be analytical, logical, direct, decisive, tough-minded and skeptical — and more drawn to those who are dominant in the traits linked with estrogen, their opposites. Dina Cheney, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Romantic Chemistry? The Science of Intense Attraction Is Real," 2 Nov. 2020 Their particular brand of medical vigilantism is, on the contrary, entirely logical. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Donald Trump’s Dangerous Mask Trap," 9 Oct. 2020 The advisory group will guide the state in its efforts to communicate openly with the public about the eventual COVID-19 vaccine, and to distribute the vaccine in an equitable and logical way. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Lamont announces members of vaccine advisory group, which will guide Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution," 9 Oct. 2020 But there is also evidence that the moves are logical as California enters a dangerous phase of the pandemic, with infections raging and the holidays approaching. Los Angeles Times, "California COVID-19 lockdown measures are met with skepticism but may offer the best hope," 23 Nov. 2020

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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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20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Logical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logical. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce logical (audio)

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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