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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Those common elements make them logical places for Amazon to establish big new offices, but also raise importation questions about whether the big new Amazon offices will actually be beneficial to anyone besides Amazon. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The tragedy of Amazon’s HQ2 selections, explained," 9 Nov. 2018 The Smithsonian Scientific Center provides a much more logical explanation for the meteorological phenomenon. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "A Beautiful Rainbow Just Appeared Over St. George's Chapel Ahead of Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 But as Camille notes, this whole scene seems more like an attempt to frame someone than a logical place for an actual killer to ditch a key piece of evidence. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 6: Camille Is in Deep Trouble," 13 Aug. 2018 At the time, planners were looking for a logical place on the waterfront to jumpstart residential development. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Will a new riverfront concert venue close the gap between Fishtown and the Delaware - or widen it?," 28 June 2018 Feeling a twinge from that wound seems like the most logical explanation of them all — except William was shot long after the night Juliette died, which wouldn’t explain the gesture way back then unless some timeline trickery was being used. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Westworld Spoilers Club season 2, episode 9: Vanishing Point," 18 June 2018 Prato has a long history as an important textile town, going back to the twelfth century; today’s Prato must have seemed a logical place for a contemporary Chinese colony in Europe. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 24 Mar. 2018 The Boise Spectrum, with its constant flow of people in entertainment mode, seemed like a logical place for their quick-service concept. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Mad Mac expands to brick-and-mortar restaurant at the Boise Spectrum | Idaho Statesman," 8 Mar. 2018 The hole-punch display This is the logical extension of the notch philosophy. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "2018 was a weird notch year — what’s next?," 18 Dec. 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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