ratiocination


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ra·ti·oc·i·nate

 (răsh′ē-ŏs′ə-nāt′)
intr.v. ra·ti·oc·i·nat·ed, ra·ti·oc·i·nat·ing, ra·ti·oc·i·nates
To reason methodically and logically.

[Latin ratiōcinārī, ratiōcināt-, from ratiō, calculation; see ratio.]

ra′ti·oc′i·na′tion n.
ra′ti·oc′i·na′tor n.

ratiocination

the process of logical reasoning or rational thought. — ratiocinative, adj.
See also: Thinking
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ratiocination - the proposition arrived at by logical reasoning (such as the proposition that must follow from the major and minor premises of a syllogism)
syllogism - deductive reasoning in which a conclusion is derived from two premises
proposition - (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
major term - the term in a syllogism that is the predicate of the conclusion
minor term - the term in a syllogism that is the subject of the conclusion
2.ratiocination - logical and methodical reasoning
abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning - thinking that is coherent and logical

ratiocination

noun
Exact, valid, and rational reasoning:
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ratiocination

[ˌrætɪɒsɪˈneɪʃən] N (frm) → raciocinación f
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Found in a Bottle," "A Descent Into a Maelstrom" and "The Balloon Hoax"; such tales of conscience as "William Wilson," "The Black Cat" and "The Tell-tale Heart," wherein the retributions of remorse are portrayed with an awful fidelity; such tales of natural beauty as "The Island of the Fay" and "The Domain of Arnheim"; such marvellous studies in ratiocination as the "Gold-bug," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Purloined Letter" and "The Mystery of Marie Roget," the latter, a recital of fact, demonstrating the author's wonderful capability of correctly analyzing the mysteries of the human mind; such tales of illusion and banter as "The Premature Burial" and "The System of Dr.
When it is impossible to stretch the very elastic threads of historical ratiocination any farther, when actions are clearly contrary to all that humanity calls right or even just, the historians produce a saving conception of "greatness.
We know that for logicians (formerly at any rate) the concept is the simple and primitive element; next comes the judgment, uniting two or several concepts; then ratiocination, combining two or several judgments.
Edgar Allan Poe called it ratiocination, and he used it to fuel literature's first star detective, C.
Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, a student of al-Juwayni later developed his idea and wrote in details on public interest (maslahah) and ratiocination (ta'lil)in his works, Shifa'al-Ghaliland al-Mustafa.
One thinks, for example, of the long-influential moral rationalism of a John Rawls, with its propensity for wholly ahistorical ratiocination.
Edgar Allan Poe gave up writing mysteries after only a few, but his requirement for them was ratiocination, and the supernatural in stories can remove the possibility of logical deduction based on physical realities.
What process of ratiocination will deliver the necessary facts about a Galilean woman's sexual history (facts that run entirely counter to well known facts of human biology)?
Such dynamics, transmuted to the mental realm in human beings, help to explain, in psychological terms, why argumentation and ratiocination can be sometimes motivationally biased, but sometimes dispassionately truth-oriented too.
154) He describes inclinations in a manner similar to Aquinas and Protestant scholastics as teleological tendencies to "proper Ends" antecedent to the "actuall exercise of the ratiocination or will" (B1, 117r).
Under no matter what cultural construction, women and men are more like each other than chalk is like cheese, than ratiocination is like raising, than up is like down, or than 1 is like 0" (Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Tendencies).
The passage is reminiscent of one of the more over-the-top margin glosses from Coleridge's Ancient Mariner: ostensibly an effort at mere explication, on closer inspection it turns out to be a tremulous cadenza to the poem in question, one that resists ratiocination and is an instance of poetry in its own right.