analogical reasoning

  

Definition

Process of reasoning from particular to particular, it derives a conclusion from one's experience in one or more similar situations. The simplest and most common method of reasoning, it is also most fraught with chances of making a mistake. With deductive reasoning and inductive reasoning, it constitutes the three basic tools of thinking.

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  • I always used analogical reasoning and that seemed to work well for me and I told everyone that it might work for them too.

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  • We had similar experiences so I labeled our method of thinking as analogical reasoning because I was trying to understand the way we think.

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  • Nothing in Throg's past could have prepared him, as good at analogical reasoning as any other cave man, for the asteroid that converted his home into a new, fiery lake.

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