ra'-ti-o-cin-a'-ti-o L. ratio, "reason"

Reasoning (typically with oneself) by asking questions. Sometimes equivalent to anthypophora.
  More specifically, ratiocinatio can mean making statements, then asking the reason (ratio) for such an affirmation, then answering oneself. In this latter sense ratiocinatio is closely related to aetiologia.
  Old age is superior to youth. Why? The body has been tamed and the mind ripened with wisdom.
Related Figures
  • erotema
    General term for the rhetorical question.
  • aetiologia
    Providing reasons for statements made, but not necessarily in question form.
  • anthypophora
    Reasoning with oneself aloud, often in question and answer form.
See Also

  Sources: Ad Herennium 4.16.23-24

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