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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ratiocinator - someone who reasons logically
analogist - someone who looks for analogies or who reasons by analogy
casuist, sophist - someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious
thinker - someone who exercises the mind (usually in an effort to reach a decision)
References in classic literature ?
The world must remain in a reverent doubt as to whether he would, on the same principles, have presented a diplomatist to a dipsomaniac or a ratiocinator to a rat catcher.
Wiener states also that Leibniz's Calculus Ratiocinator contains the germs of the rnachina ratiocinatrix, the reasoning machine; this makes Leibniz the patron saint of cybernetics.
His new focus became the idea of a calculus ratiocinator.
The two authors work together in exploring with Hintikka the field of formal logic and philosophy and, more specifically, the alternatives he contrasted as "lingua universalis" versus "calculus ratiocinator.