Definitions for rational
ˈræʃ ə nl, ˈræʃ nlra·tio·nal
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word rational.
rational number, rationaladjective
an integer or a fraction
consistent with or based on or using reason
"rational behavior"; "a process of rational inference"; "rational thought"
intellectual, rational, noeticadjective
of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind
"intellectual problems"; "the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man"
capable of being expressed as a quotient of integers
having its source in or being guided by the intellect (as distinguished from experience or emotion)
"a rational analysis"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: rationalis, Latin.
What higher in her society thou find’st
Attractive, humane, rational, love still. John Milton.
When the conclusion is deduced from the unerring dictates of our faculties, we say the inference is rational. Joseph Glanvill.
If your arguments be rational, offer them in as moving a manner as the nature of the subject will admit; but beware of letting the pathetick part swallow up the rational. Jonathan Swift.
relating to the reason; not physical; mental
having reason, or the faculty of reasoning; endowed with reason or understanding; reasoning
agreeable to reason; not absurd, preposterous, extravagant, foolish, fanciful, or the like; wise; judicious; as, rational conduct; a rational man
expressing the type, structure, relations, and reactions of a compound; graphic; -- said of formulae. See under Formula
a rational being
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.
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.]
The act and fact of being rational.
The directors of the unity government were just, fair, transparent and had an accurate, perfect, simple and specific sense of justice.
Submitted by MaryC on April 12, 2020
To have the ability to reason.
She was so fair, just and rational, she has the remarkable capacity to think things through in seconds and see what works.
Submitted by MaryC on February 12, 2020
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'rational' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3966
Rank popularity for the word 'rational' in Adjectives Frequency: #532
The numerical value of rational in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of rational in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Creation from something is more rational than creation from nothing.
The developments in Russia demonstrate the assumptions that autocratic leadership will always make rational decisions have been thoroughly destroyed by Vladimir Putin -- in Vladimir Putin decision to invade Ukraine, it does not mean that Xi Jinping will tomorrow decide to use force against Taiwan because Xi Jinping friend in Moscow decided to do so against Ukraine.
I’ve always been really logical and rational.
There's a ton of anxiety in the health care industry about this, and I'm glad to see that as things start to settle down,( we can) approach this in a very rational way, and people feel like they can provide care to patients in a safe way.
I believe that what I’m saying is rational, and it’s free…We live in the land of the free and the home of the brave and we have the opportunity and the platform to say what it is that we feel that is right. I’m taking that right to do so, not just for me, but for all of those people who feel like they don’t have a voice.
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- racionalCatalan, Valencian
- sinnvoll, vernünftig, rationalGerman
- racional, razonableSpanish
- järkiperäinen, järkeenkäypä, järkevä, rationaalinen, järjellinenFinnish
- raisonnable, rationnel, rationnelleFrench
- ciallachScottish Gaelic
- racionális, értelmes, ésszerűHungarian
- նպատակահարմար, բանական, խելացի, ռացիոնալArmenian
- 合理的, 有理Japanese
- рационален, целисходен, разуменMacedonian
- rationele, redelijk, rationeel, verstandelijkDutch
- wymierny, racjonalnyPolish
- разумный, рациональный, мыслящий, целесообразный, рассудительныйRussian
- racionalan, разборит, razborit, разуман, рационалан, razumanSerbo-Croatian
- hợp lýVietnamese
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