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- n. Reasoning, conscious deliberate inference; the activity or process of reasoning.
- n. Thought or reasoning that is exact, valid and rational.
- n. A proposition arrived at by such thought.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The process of reasoning, or deducing conclusions from premises; deductive reasoning.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The mental process of passing from the cognition of premises to the cognition of the conclusion; reasoning.
- n. A mental product and object consisting of premises and a conclusion drawn from them; inference; an argumentation.
- n. Synonyms Reasoning, etc. See inference.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. logical and methodical reasoning
- n. the proposition arrived at by logical reasoning (such as the proposition that must follow from the major and minor premises of a syllogism)
From French ratiocination, from Latin ratiocinatio ("reasoning, argumentation, a syllogism"), from ratiocinatus, past participle of ratiocinari ("to reason") (Wiktionary)