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ANALOGY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does analogy mean? 

ANALOGY (noun)
  The noun ANALOGY has 3 senses:

1. an inference that if things agree in some respects they probably agree in others
2. drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect
3. the religious belief that between creature and creator no similarity can be found so great but that the dissimilarity is always greater; language can point in the right direction but any analogy between God and humans will always be inadequate

  Familiarity information: ANALOGY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ANALOGY (noun)


Sense 1analogy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An inference that if things agree in some respects they probably agree in others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("analogy" is a kind of...):

illation; inference (the reasoning involved in drawing a conclusion or making a logical judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence and prior conclusions rather than on the basis of direct observation)


Sense 2analogy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context examples:

the operation of a computer presents and interesting analogy to the working of the brain / the models show by analogy how matter is built up

Hypernyms ("analogy" is a kind of...):

comparing; comparison (examining resemblances or differences)


Sense 3analogy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The religious belief that between creature and creator no similarity can be found so great but that the dissimilarity is always greater; language can point in the right direction but any analogy between God and humans will always be inadequate

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

doctrine of analogy; analogy

Hypernyms ("analogy" is a kind of...):

faith; religion; religious belief (a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny)


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