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logical

[loj-i-kuh l]
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adjective
  1. according to or agreeing with the principles of logic: a logical inference.
  2. reasoning in accordance with the principles of logic, as a person or the mind: logical thinking.
  3. reasonable; to be expected: War was the logical consequence of such threats.
  4. of or relating to logic.

Origin of logical

From the Medieval Latin word logicālis, dating back to 1490–1500. See logic, -al1
Related formslog·i·cal·i·ty [loj-i-kal-i-tee] /ˌlɒdʒ ɪˈkæl ɪ ti/, log·i·cal·ness, nounlog·i·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·log·i·cal, adjectivehy·per·log·i·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·log·i·cal·ness, nounhy·per·log·i·cal·i·ty, nounnon·log·i·cal, adjectivenon·log·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·log·i·cal·ness, nounnon·log·i·cal·i·ty, nouno·ver·log·i·cal, adjectiveo·ver·log·i·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·log·i·cal·ness, nouno·ver·log·i·cal·i·ty, nounpre·log·i·cal, adjectivepre·log·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-log·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-log·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·log·i·cal, adjectivesu·per·log·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·log·i·cal·i·ty, nounun·log·i·cal, adjectiveun·log·i·cal·ly, adverb

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1, 3. valid.

Antonyms

1–3. unreasonable.
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Examples from the Web for logical

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Historical Examples

  • This, however, is not the logical way in which to plan meals.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • The Scots are proud of their nobility, alliance to the crown, and logical subtleties.

    The Praise of Folly

    Desiderius Erasmus

  • Mattup had killed a man, so it was logical he should be punished.

    Goodbye, Dead Man!

    Tom W. Harris

  • The moment Charley's logical faculty was excited his perception was impartial.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • And,' said Mr Willet, arriving at his logical conclusion, 'is to be treated accordingly.'

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for logical

logical

adjective
  1. relating to, used in, or characteristic of logic
  2. using, according to, or deduced from the principles of logica logical conclusion
  3. capable of or characterized by clear or valid reasoning
  4. reasonable or necessary because of facts, events, etcthe logical candidate
  5. computing of, performed by, used in, or relating to the logic circuits in a computer
Derived Formslogicality or logicalness, nounlogically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for logical

adj.

early 15c., "based on reason," from logic + -al (1). Meaning "pertaining to logic" is c.1500. Attested from 1860 as "following as a reasonable consequence." Related: Logically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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