One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Form judgments by a process of logic; reason.
think rationally, think logically, think straight, use one's mind, use one's common sense, use one's head, use one's brain, think things through, cogitateView synonyms
- ‘Man is said, for instance, to be the ‘rational animal,’ but you won't find much ratiocinating among fetuses.’
- ‘His father, Alan Fry, was written up as the villain in these early times; an inventor whose ‘infuriatingly, cold, precise ratiocinating engine of a brain fuelled by a wholly egocentric passion.’’
- ‘Almost definitely two, actually, since she knew there were three new arrivals, and of course, she had already met one, she ratiocinated.’
- ‘If the candidate seems prepared to ratiocinate every policy question rather than apply values to its solution, that candidate will lose.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin ratiocinat- ‘deliberated, calculated’, from the verb ratiocinari, from ratio (see ratio).
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