from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, expressing, composed of, or based on an analogy: the analogical use of a metaphor.

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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, based on, or composed of an analogy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Founded on, or of the nature of, analogy; expressing or implying analogy.
  • adj. Having analogy; analogous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Founded on or involving analogy: as, an analogical argument.
  • Having analogy, resemblance, or relation; analogous.
  • In biology, of or pertaining to physiological, functional, or adaptative analogy; having physiological without morphological likeness: distinguished from homological.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. expressing, composed of, or based on an analogy


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  • Second, it has a certain analogical strength (particularly upon first impression).

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  • If this is a Schiavo thing, it’s lacking in analogical power, but I’ll leave it at that.

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  • The difference is, that in the case of a complete induction it has been previously shown, by due comparison of instances, that there is an invariable conjunction between the former property or properties and the latter property; but in what is called analogical reasoning, no such conjunction has been made out.

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  • Hence though they are liable to surprise, when their passing trains of ideas are dissevered by violent stimuli; yet are they not affected with wonder or astonishment at the novelty of objects; as they possess but in a very inferior degree, that voluntary power of comparing the present ideas with those previously acquired, which distinguishes mankind; and is termed analogical reasoning, when deliberatively exerted; and intuitive analogy, when used without our attention to it, and which always preserves our hourly trains of ideas consistent with truth and nature.

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  • These "analogical" processes are at the heart of scientific exploration.

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  • He submitted, in a low voice across the table to Bishop, that it was a kind of analogical illustration of those physical laws, in virtue of which Like flies to

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  • The secret at the heart of all things is gift; and the purpose of God in so giving a share in his action, an 'analogical' echo of his own life, is that what is not God may be suffused with God's joy.

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  • It is evident that as a note may be interpolated between any two of the scale, for reach or variety, and called, _e. g._ [sharp] - F or [flat -] G, so a half tint between green and blue is a kind of analogical [sharp] green or [flat] blue.

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  • The discovery of Uranus, at a distance falling but slightly short of perfect conformity with the law of Titius, lent weight to a seemingly hazardous prediction, and Von Zach was actually at the pains, in 1785, to calculate what he termed "analogical" elements [200] for this unseen and (by any effect or influence) _unfelt_ body.

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  • With respect to the "analogical" or "adaptive" resemblances between organic beings which are not really related {451}, I will only add, that probably the isolation of different groups of species is an important element in the production of such characters: thus we can easily see, in

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