- the process of logical reasoning.
Origin of ratiocination
Examples from the Web for ratiocination
Yes, Uncle Reub'; ratiocination is a good word in its place.Moriah's Mourning and Other Half-Hour Sketches
Ruth McEnery Stuart
Its two constituent parts are ratiocination and description.The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes
So, when the steaks were done, we besought him to lay bare his system of ratiocination.Sixes and Sevens
Words seem to be the vehicles rather of ratiocination than of emotion.Of Walks and Walking Tours
To be in love is in a measure to part company with the power of ratiocination.Mlle. Fouchette
Charles Theodore Murray
Word Origin and History for ratiocination
"process of reasoning," 1520s, from Latin ratiocinationem (nominative ratiocinatio) "a reasoning, calm reasoning," from past participle stem of ratiocinare "to calculate, deliberate," from ratio (see ratio) + -cinari, which probably is related to conari "to try" (see conation).
Most writers make ratiocination synonymous with reasoning. J.S. Mill and others hold that the word is usually limited to necessary reasoning. [Century Dictionary]