[ 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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consider, examine, ruminate, revolve, ponder, brood, deliberate, comprehend, cogitate, analyze, infer, cerebrate, mull, evaluate, muse, reflect, reason, meditate, stew, imagine
- ratio scale,
- ratio test,
- rational form
Origin of ratiocinate
1635–45; < Latin ratiōcinātus past participle of ratiōcinārī to reckon, calculate, conclude, verbal derivative of ratiō reason
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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
/ (ˌrætɪˈɒsɪˌneɪt) /
(intr) to think or argue logically and methodically; reason
Word Origin for ratiocinate
C17: from Latin ratiōcinārī to calculate, from ratiō reason
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"to reason," 1640s, from Latin ratiocinatus, past participle of ratiocinare (see ratiocination). Related: Ratiocinant.
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