[ rash-ee-os-uh-neyt, -oh-suh-, rat-ee- ]
/ ˌræʃ iˈɒs əˌneɪt, -ˈoʊ sə-, ˌræt i- /
verb (used without object), ra·ti·oc·i·nat·ed, ra·ti·oc·i·nat·ing.
to reason; carry on a process of reasoning.
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Origin of ratiocinate
First recorded in 1635–45; from Latin ratiōcinātus, past participle of ratiōcinārī “to reckon, calculate, conclude,” verbal derivative of ratiō “reason”
OTHER WORDS FROM ratiocinatera·ti·oc·i·na·tor, noun
Words nearby ratiocinate
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Example sentences from the Web for ratiocinate
But I give you warning—Stasie may weep and Henri ratiocinate—it will not serve you twice.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson|Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for ratiocinate
/ (ˌrætɪˈɒsɪˌneɪt) /
(intr) to think or argue logically and methodically; reason
Derived forms of ratiocinateratiocination, nounratiocinative, adjectiveratiocinator, noun
Word Origin for ratiocinate
C17: from Latin ratiōcinārī to calculate, from ratiō reason
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