line of reasoning

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Noun1.line of reasoning - a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning; "I can't follow your line of reasoning"
abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning - thinking that is coherent and logical
line of inquiry, line of questioning - an ordering of questions so as to develop a particular argument
casuistry - argumentation that is specious or excessively subtle and intended to be misleading
policy - a line of argument rationalizing the course of action of a government; "they debated the policy or impolicy of the proposed legislation"
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Let us follow, for a moment, VAR critics' line of reasoning to its logical conclusion: that it is worth getting things wrong if it means fewer stoppages to play.
A retired diplomat who spoke on anonymity deplored Locsin's line of reasoning, saying that the safety and welfare of OFWs is one of the major pillars of the DFA and it should be paramount in the minds of any Filipino diplomat.
Following that line of reasoning, did the 16 million Filipino voters actually vote for a joker, a clown, to be their president for six years?
I checked with our revolver guru John Taffin on this issue and he is more inclined To go with reader Politi's line of reasoning. John did refer to "flame cutting" on the topstrap instead of cylinder scorching, however.
Poppy's enthusiasm for her investigation is infectious, and the reader is invited to work out the investigation along with Poppy, who gives clear insights into her line of reasoning as each clue is delivered.
I will pursue this line of reasoning and will not be silenced on this matter so you, sir, can also "get over it." Sorry but no bowing and touching the forelock this time!
This paper follows that line of reasoning by describing those events and the individuals who participated in them.
The line of reasoning throughout this discussion seems quite consistent with the idea that the distinction of degree constitutes a comprehensive ecumenical position, whereas the distinction in kind indicates the exclusiveness of the cut.
Following the Board of Health's line of reasoning, why stop at tobacco?
JR, thrown off his line of reasoning, immediately showed his flexibility by responding: "My mother-in-law died yesterday, so don't give me that excuse."
The judge will have to be persuaded; that is, he will have to understand and accept the prisoner's line of reasoning. If not, the deal is off and the judge can choose any day while still keeping his word.
A middle section analyzes the impact of this line of reasoning on both naval policy and parliamentary legislation, paying special attention to the American Act of 1708.