(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Process of understanding
1. reasoning, ratiocination, rationalism, deduction, dialectics, induction, generalization, logic, synthesis, syncretism, analysis, rationalization, discursive or circular reasoning; fuzzy logic; sophistry. See intellect, sanity, thought.
2. (reasoned process) debate, polemics, discussion, inquiry; apologia, clarification; dissertation, exposition, explanation (see interpretation). See discord.
3. (basis for reasoning) argument, case, proposition, terms, premise, postulate, data, principle, inference, analogy, syllogism, hypothesis (see supposition).
4. reasoner, logician, dialectician, disputant, controversialist, debater, polemicist, polemist, casuist, rationalist, rationalizer.
Verbs — reason, deduce, induce, infer, derive; allege, adduce; argue, discuss, debate, philosophize, consider; stand to reason, make sense; talk over, work out, brainstorm.
1. reasoning, thinking, sapient; rationalistic; argumentative, controversial, dialectic, polemical, discursive; disputatious, forensic.
2. logical, relevant, rational; inductive, deductive, syllogistic; a priori, a posteriori.
Adverbs — for, because, hence, seeing that, since, so, inasmuch as, whereas, in consideration of; therefore, consequently, ergo, accordingly, a fortiori; QED, quod erat demonstrandum; reductio ad absurdum; in reason.
Quotations — Reason is the ruler and queen of all things (Cicero), If everything on earth were rational, nothing would happen (Feodor Dostoevski), Reason is God's crowning gift to man (Sophocles), Passion and prejudice govern the world, only under the name of reason ( John Wesley), Every man's own reason must be his oracle (Thomas Jefferson).
Antonyms, see intuition.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. rational, logical, inductive, analytical; see judicious , rational 1 .
Syn. thinking, rationalizing, argumentation, drawing conclusions; see logic , thought 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
analysis, deduction, induction, thinking, thought, logic, inference, rationale, deliberation, cogitation, ratiocination.

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