argumentation, rational, analytical, abstract thought, inductive, judicious, thinking, intelligent, logical, logical thinking, argument, debate, ratiocination.
intellectual (part of speech: adjective)
intellect (part of speech: noun)
reasoning (part of speech: verb)
thinking (part of speech: verb)
thought (part of speech: noun)
- brain work,
Now, the reasoning
at home would, I think, have been just the other way.
- "Recollections of Europe", J. Fenimore Cooper.
As for Gascoigne, it was no use reasoning
with him, so it was agreed that he should have satisfaction as soon as they could get on shore again.
- "Mr. Midshipman Easy", Captain Frederick Marryat.
Then the image of Chetwode making love to that pretty woman abruptly forced itself on her mental vision in spite of all reasoning,
like a sudden violent physical pain, and she burst into tears.
- "The Twelfth Hour", Ada Leverson.