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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No one seems to care or give us a logical, truthful explanation about this crazy deal. Elgin Courier-News, "Speak Out: Gas prices make no sense, Fox News gives the real news, social media leads to violence and more," 6 June 2018 In the presence of his first ambitions, long plowed under, his determination to put his working life on the line on a single hilltop, untested but still his own, suddenly seemed logical. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "A Vintner’s Quest to Create a Truly American Wine," 14 May 2018 Defensive tackle: Al Woods, Joey Mbu This scheme doesn’t usually designate which tackle is the nose tackle, but at least on first downs, this seems logical. Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: How the NFL Draft impacts the Colts' two-deep lineup," 30 Apr. 2018 The logical choice would be to have those two duke it out on the field to determine a champion, right? Will Mccollister, SI.com, "On the Outside Looking In: The Best Teams to Finish No. 3 in the BCS Era," 11 July 2018 Vodka was a logical choice to get the distillery off the ground. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Beyond beer: SanTan Brewing Company now makes its own vodka, whiskey," 19 June 2018 Gevers emerged as the logical choice for foundation president. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 Rumors are already flying that Phoebe Philo will take over, that would be a logical choice. Elizabeth Raiss, refinery29.com, "Why Do We Treat A Fashion Designer Leaving A Brand Like Someone Dying?," 14 June 2018 Others could consider America’s neighbor the logical choice. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Why American Soccer Fans Should Root for... Russia?," 12 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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