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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Recent Examples on the Web The logical conclusion: Something had to be blocking it. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "This mysterious star could be consuming a stolen exomoon," 17 Sep. 2019 The network had had success with standup, so scripted comedy was a logical next step. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 In On Saturday Night, why not take that to its logical conclusion with a trusty Lifetime melodrama? Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "The Weekender: Hard bops, soft fruits, honeybees, and ‘The Donkey Show’," 5 Sep. 2019 Wellness programs are the logical conclusion of a system that, instead of treating health care as a basic human right, funnels issues of health and wellbeing into a narrow, unforgiving econometric rubric. Lena Solow, The New Republic, "The Scourge of Worker Wellness Programs," 2 Sep. 2019 If the government has reason to worry about contagion from Hong Kong, Guangdong—the country’s most populous province, with as many residents as France and Spain combined—would be a logical place to look for it. The Economist, "China says Hong Kong’s protesters have the mainland in their sights," 12 Sep. 2019 That makes the city a logical place for overlapping conventions of the Organ Historical Society and the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Rousing hymn singing, virtuoso organ playing and enterprising chamber music programs," 11 July 2019 This is a question that will vex a logical thinker, for the answer has less to do with reason and more to do with belief. Seth Hettena, The New Republic, "The Obscure Newspaper Fueling the Far-Right in Europe," 17 Sep. 2019 Minus the presence of the Mesozoic-era reptiles themselves, the short unfolds more or less along logical lines. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "How the ‘Battle at Big Rock’ Short Film Sets Up a Smarter, Scarier ‘Jurassic World 3’," 16 Sep. 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
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

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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