What does Rational mean?

Definitions for Rationalˈræʃ ə nl, ˈræʃ nl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rational number, rational(adj)

    an integer or a fraction

  2. rational(adj)

    consistent with or based on or using reason

    "rational behavior"; "a process of rational inference"; "rational thought"

  3. intellectual, rational, noetic(adj)

    of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind

    "intellectual problems"; "the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man"

  4. rational(adj)

    capable of being expressed as a quotient of integers

    "rational numbers"

  5. rational(adj)

    having its source in or being guided by the intellect (as distinguished from experience or emotion)

    "a rational analysis"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rational(adj)

    relating to the reason; not physical; mental

  2. Rational(adj)

    having reason, or the faculty of reasoning; endowed with reason or understanding; reasoning

  3. Rational(adj)

    agreeable to reason; not absurd, preposterous, extravagant, foolish, fanciful, or the like; wise; judicious; as, rational conduct; a rational man

  4. Rational(adj)

    expressing the type, structure, relations, and reactions of a compound; graphic; -- said of formulae. See under Formula

  5. Rational(noun)

    a rational being

Freebase

  1. Rational

    Consistent, logical.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rational

    rash′on-al, adj. pertaining to the reason: endowed with reason: agreeable to reason: sane: intelligent: judicious: (arith., alg.) noting a quantity which can be exactly expressed by numbers.—n. Rationabil′ity, the possession of reason.—adj. Rat′ionable, reasonable.—ns. Rationā′le, a rational account of anything, with reasons for its existence: a theoretical explanation or solution; Rationalisā′tion, subjection to rational principles.—v.t. Rat′ionalise, to interpret like a rationalist: to think for one's self.—v.i. to rely entirely or unduly on reason.—ns. Rat′ionalism, the religious system or doctrines of a rationalist; Rat′ionalist, one who believes himself guided in his opinions solely by reason, independently of authority, esp. in regard to religion—denying supernatural revelation.—adjs. Rationalist′ic, -al, pertaining to, or in accordance with, the principles of rationalism.—adv. Rationalist′ically, in a rationalistic manner.—n. Rational′ity, quality of being rational: the possession or due exercise of reason: reasonableness.—adv. Rat′ionally, reasonably.—n. Rat′ionalness.—n.pl. Rat′ionals, dress for women convenient for bicycling, &c.—breeches instead of skirts.

  2. Rational

    rash′on-al, n. the breast-plate of the Jewish high-priest: a pectoral worn by a bishop. [L. rationale, a mistaken rendering in the Vulgate of the Gr. logion, oracle.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Rational' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3966

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Rational' in Adjectives Frequency: #532

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rational in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rational in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lee Iacocca:

    In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory.

  3. Will Sorrell:

    I assume the people that are making big investments make their decisions based on rational reasons, but they tell me that markets aren't always rational.

  4. New York:

    I'd like to get past this period and bring the temperature down, let's bring a moment of peace and calm and then we can move on and have a rational, sober conversation.

  5. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged:

    Happiness is possible only to a rational man, the man who desires nothing but rational goals, seeks nothing but rational values and finds his joy in nothing buy rational actions.

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