Ratiocinate Ra`ti*oc"i*nate (r[a^]sh`[i^]*[o^]s"[i^]*n[=a]t), v. i. [L. ratiocinatus, p. p. of ratiocinari, fr. ratio reason. See {Ratio}.] To reason, esp. deductively; to offer reason or argument. [1913 Webster]

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  • ratiocinate — index debate, deduce, deliberate, ponder, reason (conclude) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ratiocinate — (v.) 1640s, from L. ratiocinatus, pp. of ratiocinare (see RATIOCINATION (Cf. ratiocination)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ratiocinate — [rash΄ē äs′ə nāt΄] vi. ratiocinated, ratiocinating [< L ratiocinatus, pp. of ratiocinari, to reckon < ratio: see REASON] to think or argue logically; reason ratiocination n. ratiocinative adj. ratiocinator n …   English World dictionary

  • ratiocinate — intransitive verb ( nated; nating) Etymology: Latin ratiocinatus, past participle of ratiocinari to reckon, from ratio + cinari (as in vaticinari to prophesy) more at vaticinate Date: 1643 reason • ratiocinator noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ratiocinate — ratiocinator, n. /rash ee os euh nayt , oh seuh , rat ee /, v.i., ratiocinated, ratiocinating. to reason; carry on a process of reasoning. [1635 45; < L ratiocinatus ptp. of ratiocinari to reckon, calculate, conclude, v. deriv. of ratio reason] * …   Universalium

  • ratiocinate — verb /ˌrætiˈosəˌneɪt,ˌræʃiˈɑsəˌneɪt/ To use the powers of the mind logically and methodically; to reason. Observe the relative position, returned the Doctor with a smile. It is your attitude to believe through thick and thin in one mans judgment… …   Wiktionary

  • ratiocinate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To use the powers of the mind : cerebrate, cogitate, deliberate, reflect, speculate, think. Idioms: put on one s thinking cap, use one s head. See THOUGHTS …   English dictionary for students

  • ratiocinate — v. reason, deduce through logical thinking ræʃɪ É‘sɪneɪt / rætɪ É’sɪneɪt …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ratiocinate — v reason, use logic, use inductive or deductive thinking, think logically; deduce, infer, derive, draw a conclusion, syllogize; calculate, put two and two together, rationalize, Inf. figure, U.S. Dial. reckon, Sl. dope out …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • ratiocinate — rati·oci·nate …   English syllables

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