American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To reason methodically and logically.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reason; from two judgments to infer a third. The word usually implies an elaborate deductive operation.
- Reasoned about.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To reason, esp. deductively; to offer reason or argument.
- v. reason methodologically and logically
- Latin ratiōcinārī, ratiōcināt-, from ratiō, calculation; see ratio. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But then it follows, not from hence neither, that the Soul accustomed to internal recollection, that can no longer ratiocinate, should always be meditating on, and considering (as the other Spiritualists say) the most holy Misteries of our Saviour.”
“But don't ratiocinate with me -- I cannot bear it.”
“But I give you warning -- Stasie may weep and Henri ratiocinate -- it will not serve you twice.”
“The Cobbler put the forefinger of the right hand on the forefinger of the left; it is the gesture of a man about to ratiocinate or demonstrate, as Quintilian, in his remarks on the oratory of fingers, probably observes; or if he has failed to do so, it is a blot in his essay.”
“The Cobbler put the forefinger of the right hand on the forefinger of the left; it is the gesture of a man about to ratiocinate or demonstrate, as”
“Imagine, then, that the Whiggery of Bow Street were to rise up against the proposition that their science was to be deduced from 'certain propensities of human nature,' and thereon were to ratiocinate as follows: --”
“Critical thinking means to ratiocinate, as opposed to merely engaging in rationalizing ...”
“quite often, when i have suspected that conduct was conspiratorial, it turned out to be the result of unimaginable levels of ignorance, unimaginable inabilities to ratiocinate.”
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