from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The study of the principles of reasoning, especially of the structure of propositions as distinguished from their content and of method and validity in deductive reasoning.
- n. A system of reasoning: Aristotle's logic.
- n. A mode of reasoning: By that logic, we should sell the company tomorrow.
- n. The formal, guiding principles of a discipline, school, or science.
- n. Valid reasoning: Your paper lacks the logic to prove your thesis.
- n. The relationship between elements and between an element and the whole in a set of objects, individuals, principles, or events: There's a certain logic to the motion of rush-hour traffic.
- n. Computer Science The nonarithmetic operations performed by a computer, such as sorting, comparing, and matching, that involve yes-no decisions.
- n. Computer Science Computer circuitry.
- n. Computer Science Graphic representation of computer circuitry.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. logical
- n. A method of human thought that involves thinking in a linear, step-by-step manner about how a problem can be solved. Logic is the basis of many principles including the scientific method.
- n. The study of the principles and criteria of valid inference and demonstration.
- n. (mathematics) The mathematical study of relationships between rigorously defined concepts and of proof of statements.
- n. (mathematics) A formal or informal language together with a deductive system or a model-theoretic semantics.
- n. Any system of thought, whether rigorous and productive or not, especially one associated with a particular person.
- n. The part of a system (usually electronic) that performs the boolean logic operations, short for logic gates or logic circuit.
- v. To engage in excessive or inappropriate application of logic.
- v. To apply logical reasoning to.
- v. To overcome by logical argument.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The science or art of exact reasoning, or of pure and formal thought, or of the laws according to which the processes of pure thinking should be conducted; the science of the formation and application of general notions; the science of generalization, judgment, classification, reasoning, and systematic arrangement; the science of correct reasoning.
- n. A treatise on logic.
- n. correct reasoning; ; also, sound judgment.
- n. The path of reasoning used in any specific argument.
- n. A function of an electrical circuit (called a gate) that mimics certain elementary binary logical operations on electrical signals, such as AND, OR, or NOT.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science of the distinction of true from false reasoning, with whatever is naturally treated in connection therewith. See the phrases below.
- n. [Dialectic and organon are generally synonyms of logic, though they have been variously distinguished at different times.]
- n. Reasoning, or power of reasoning; ratiocination; argumentation; used absolutely, reason; sound sense.
- n. The science of the necessary rules of thought: also called scientific logic: opposed to natural logic .
- n. The logical doctrine applicable to natural things: opposed to the logic of faith, which is applicable to supernatural things (a distinction used in discussions on the Trinity).
- n. An anthropological science which treats of the rules of the natural use of the understanding.
- n. The logic of objective thought, or thought as it exists in the external world.
- n. The science which expounds the laws by which our scientific procedure should be governed, so far as these lie in the contents, materials, or objects about which our knowledge is conversant. Also called material logic.
- Pertaining to God the Son as the Logos or Word of God.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the principles that guide reasoning within a given field or situation
- n. a system of reasoning
- n. the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference
- n. the system of operations performed by a computer that underlies the machine's representation of logical operations
- n. reasoned and reasonable judgment
In some things it may be well that emotion is greater than logic; but emotion _in logic_ is sad to contend with, sad even to contemplate -- and such is too often the reasoning of the untrained woman.
That branch of logic which deals with _the advance from individual instances to general principles_, is called _inductive logic_.
I certainly would have never used the term "logic" - Logic doesn't apply.
I never attribute credibility to someone who got a degree in logic from a box of Cracker Jack.
But Bush's main logic is that war is necessary, and I think more and more we'll hear the accompanying claim that it can also be beneficial in the idealistic ways that Bob Kaplan described.
The term logic has two different meanings, an ancient and a modern one, and we vainly try to bridge the gulf between them.
Your logic is a shock to rational minds everywhere.
Ick. Mary Sue Killers think they are doing people a favour, but their logic is awful.
The glaring fault in the logic is assuming that you will “replace the calories” burned from walking to the store.
The only other logic is they don't want to vote for a woman.