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 For now, in talent-acquisition mode, Baltimore executive vice president/general Mike Elias will strive to protect as many players as is logical. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "As Orioles prepare to protect players from Rule 5 draft, recent history suggests prospects will be safe," 19 Nov. 2019 The swap caused an uproar, but the decision—recommended by McClain herself—was logical for the situation at hand. National Geographic, "First all-woman space walk puts spotlight on spacesuit design," 18 Oct. 2019 To any future survivors out there: Just realize people are not logical out there. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "'Devastated' Chelsea Walker of Survivor says 'all I wanted to do was cry'," 17 Oct. 2019 This was taken to its most logical conclusion by some vehicles, like the red one above, designed to be packed full of explosives and driven toward enemy front lines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why ISIS Built These Mad Max-Style Moving Fortresses," 15 Oct. 2019 This makes logical sense, because the wider and deeper your pool of potential talent, the better your team will be, and the success of your organization is largely dependent on the quality of your team. Julie Fletcher, Quartz at Work, "Real equality means inclusion at every level of your organization," 2 Oct. 2019 Some of the labels proposed by ImageNet Roulette—an artificial intelligence classification tool created by artist Trevor Paglen and A.I. researcher Kate Crawford—are seemingly logical. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "An Art Project Exposes Racial Biases in Artificial Intelligence System," 18 Sep. 2019 When a sight or sound is the trigger The physical causes of fainting make logical sense. Anne R. Crecelius, The Conversation, "Why do people faint?," 20 June 2019 So, too, is antipathy to ideologies imposed from the outside, logical in a former satellite state. William Galston, The New Republic, "How Hungary explains Europe’s retreat from democracy," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of logical

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

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Cite this Entry

“Logical.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logically?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=l&file=logica03. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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