ratiocination
noun Date: circa 1530 1. the process of exact thinking ; reasoning 2. a reasoned train of thought • ratiocinative adjective

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  • ratiocination — [ rasjɔsinasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1495; lat. ratiocinatio ♦ Littér. Action de ratiociner; argument ou raisonnement vain et exagérément subtil. ⇒ argutie. « où l on souhaite de la musique, on trouve de l éloquence et de la ratiocination » (A. Gide). ●… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Ratiocination — Ra ti*oc i*na tion (r[a^]sh [i^]*[o^]s [i^]*n[=a] sh[u^]n), n. [L. ratiocinatio: cf. F. ratiocination.] The process of reasoning, or deducing conclusions from premises; deductive reasoning. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ratiocination — I noun analysis, argumentation, cerebration, cogitation, deduction, dialectics, intellection, intellectual ization, logic, ratiocinatio, rationality, rationalization, reasoning, thinking, thought II index contemplation, deduction (con …   Law dictionary

  • ratiocination — (n.) process of reasoning, 1520s, from L. ratiocinationem (nom. ratiocinatio) a reasoning, from ratiocinatus, pp. of ratiocinare to calculate, deliberate, from ratio (see RATIO (Cf. ratio)) + cinari, which probably is related to conari to try… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ratiocination — *inference Antonyms: intuition …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ratiocination — Ratiocination. s. f. Raisonnement …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • ratiocination — (ra sio si na sion) s. f. Terme de philosophie. Action de ratiociner, d user de la raison. •   Pour les philosophes qui en ont écrit [de la science civile], leur ratiocination est d ordinaire si sèche et si décharnée que...., BALZ. liv. VII, lett …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • ratiocination — ratiocinative, adj. /rash ee os euh nay sheuhn, oh seuh , rat ee /, n. the process of logical reasoning. [1520 30; < L ratiocination (s. of ratiocinatio), equiv. to ratiocinat(us) (see RATIOCINATE) + ion ION] * * * …   Universalium

  • RATIOCINATION — n. f. Action de ratiociner …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • ratiocination — noun /ˌratɪˌɒsɨˈneɪʃn/ a) Reasoning, conscious deliberate inference; the activity or process of reasoning. b) Thought or reasoning that is exact, valid and rational. Syn …   Wiktionary

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