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reason

1. Philosophy the intellect regarded as a source of knowledge, as contrasted with experience
2. Logic grounds for a belief; a premise of an argument supporting that belief
3. reasons of State political justifications for an immoral act

reason

the capacity of the human mind to make logical inferences, undertake rational arguments, understand the world, solve problems. What the nature, social determinants and limits of this capacity are, however, is much debated. See RATIONALISM IDEALISM, EMPIRICISM, ONTOLOGY; see also PRACTICAL REASONING.
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Again and again, pure logic fails him, causing his ratiocination to channel into counting drops of laudanum endlessly to achieve the required dosage as this waxed (up to 8000 drops) and, through hard effort, waned.
That reason has the power to make clear through ratiocination the essential features of action is a consequence of the fact that action is an offshoot of reason.
I am seeing Rush Limbaugh as an actor in action movies, a sort of Nero Wolfe supersleuth who, though he never leaves his luxurious New York brownstone and his rare orchid collection and his personal chef Fritz, uses his superior powers of ratiocination C to locate the missing uranium bars C in the cellars beneath the great mosque in Teheran.
Secondly, there are scholars who are of the opinion that what represents the heart of African jurisprudence is indiscernible but at best represents a combination of customs and conventions which are clearly below the level of critical ratiocination.
When the Bible disappointed the critical eye, the self remained trustworthy, and if ratiocination even then succeeded in provoking doubts, old-fashioned common sense intervened to defend the social good.
The book is an account of Dee's attempt, by ratiocination and application of a range of knowledges, to interpret, as is also obviously true of the angelic conversations, in which Dee struggled desperately to make sense of peculiar and often contradictory messages.
To Temple, blackness is all body, and whiteness is all brain; before telling Rider's story, she spends two pages remarking on the ability of black people to "see" with their hands, that is, unburdened by ratiocination, to spend time in jail without "cards and puzzles and books" (605) to occupy their minds.
93) Lafitau himself often alluded to a "symbolic theology of the first times," (94) meaning that ancient development of religious thought was not through ratiocination but through symbolization.
By foregrounding the reader's diversion from ratiocination, however, Manson describes a serious poetics.
When, later in the same scene, he promised "such revenges on you both, / That all the world shall--I will do such things/ What they are, yet I know not" (445-7), his hesitation suggested that this plot needed further deliberation rather than being a fissure in his ratiocination.
The Independent Institute is a 'Think Tank', a title that suggests a gathering of brains calmly solving the pressing issues of the day by means of deep, unbiased ratiocination.
The notion that homosexuality is constructed by outside, environmental influences represents the triumph of a kind of perfervid academic ratiocination over the claims of biology.