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rătĭōcĭnātĭo , ōnis, f. id., a rhet. and archit. t. t.
I. In rhet.
1. An exercise of the reasoning powers, calm reasoning, ratiocination (opp. impulsio, a passionate feeling, impulse; cf. “argumentatio): ratiocinatio est diligens et considerata faciendi aliquid aut non faciendi excogitatio,Cic. Inv. 2, 5, 18: “etiam sapientiae studiosos maxime medicos esse, si ratiocinatio hoc faceret,Cels. 1, praef. § 49.—
3. A rhet. figure, reasoning in an interrogative form: “ratiocinatio est, per quam ipsi a nobis rationem poscimus, quare quidque dicamus, etc.,Auct. Her. 4, 16, 23.—
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