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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Rockets that would have looked right at home on the set of Destination Moon seemed logical too many, but not to NASA engineer John C. Houbolt. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 Peter Cook: The sharing of space is logical: civilizations should always be prepared to ameliorate. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How the Archigram architectural collective, profiled in a comprehensive new book, designed for a more radical, and random, future," 26 Nov. 2018 There was really no logical explanation to why (Shaw) wasn’t a top-10 prospect. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Where did Travis Shaw's ‘Mayor of Ding Dong City’ nickname come from, anyway?," 24 May 2018 Just can't see a logical explanation for Jack Wilshere not being in the England squad. SI.com, "Report Reveals the Reasons Behind Southgate's Decision to Omit Jack Wilshere From World Cup Squad," 16 May 2018 There's no logical explanation why Webber continues to be snubbed. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Why Nigel Hayes makes sense for the Kings, both on and off the court | The Sacramento Bee," 2 Apr. 2018 Life became, slowly at first, logical, quiet, boring even. Kristen Falso-capaldi, Good Housekeeping, "My Father Bullied Me And I'm Actually Grateful for It," 7 June 2017 My next logical step was, being in advertising, who is supporting it? Eric Johnson, Recode, "How a Twitter account convinced 4,000 companies to stop advertising on Breitbart," 3 Sep. 2018 The only logical reason for Ana to file a complaint with the EEOC is in the hope that her case may be one of the very few complaints the commission decides to take to court on behalf of a worker or group of workers. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "The quiet tactic employers use to keep you from suing them," 1 Aug. 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 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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