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 Before cancer, the logical explanation for her chest pain was too many pushups. Ac Shilton, Health.com, "We Need to Talk About PTSD in People With Past Health Traumas—and How Coronavirus Is Making it Worse," 20 May 2020 The ability to stage boxing events is the next logical step. ExpressNews.com, "All eyes on UFC card in Florida," 7 May 2020 One logical way to start is by reading articles on the subject, to give you a better sense of your process. Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities, "Working Strategies: 2020 vision: New Year’s goals and resolutions," 28 Dec. 2019 The most logical explanation, Ting says, is that the particle detector, a project of 56 agencies in 16 countries, is seeing by-products of collisions of relatively high-mass dark matter particles. Irene Klotz, Scientific American, "Space Station Dark Matter Experiment Gets Vital Repairs," 11 Dec. 2019 One logical way to rack up numbers is to release more songs for fans to stream. Travis M. Andrews, chicagotribune.com, "Drake was Spotify’s most-streamed artist of the decade. What does that actually mean?," 4 Dec. 2019 For UTVs, a carrier that mounts to the roll bar or cage is a logical way to safely transport unloaded firearms. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Ways to Carry Firearms on ATVs," 20 Nov. 2019 Being raised by an alcoholic means adhering to the doctrine that their way is always the right, coherent, logical way — and anyone who doesn’t see that is truly ignorant. Alicia Lutes, Longreads, "Breaking the Family Silence on Alcoholism," 19 Oct. 2019 Sure, the 61-year-old McEnroe isn't the logical choice to be the voice of a teenage woman of colour. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "Never Have I Ever," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of logical

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

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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Logical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logical. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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