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ratiocinative adj : based on exact thinking; "one's ratiocinative powers"

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  1. Pertaining to reasoning; rational.
  2. Characterized by, or addicted to, ratiocination; consisting in the comparison of propositions or facts, and the deduction of inferences from the comparison; argumentative; as, a ratiocinative process. (Webster's Dictionary)


1888: Only those who realise how far Intuition soars above the tardy processes of ratiocinative thought can form the faintest conception...— H.P. Blavatsky,The Secret Doctrine, Vol I, p.1 (Theosophical University Press) 1957: bloodthirsty interest in the ratiocinative faculty — Lawrence Durrell, Justine, p.80 (Faber)
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