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Definitions for rational
ˈræʃ ə nl, ˈræʃ nlra·tio·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rational number, rationaladjective

    an integer or a fraction

  2. rationaladjective

    consistent with or based on or using reason

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

  3. 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"

  4. rationaladjective

    capable of being expressed as a quotient of integers

    "rational numbers"

  5. rationaladjective

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

    "a rational analysis"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rationaladjective

    relating to the reason; not physical; mental

  2. Rationaladjective

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

  3. Rationaladjective

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

  4. Rationaladjective

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

  5. Rationalnoun

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. rational

    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  
  2. rational

    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  

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

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  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

Examples of rational in a Sentence

  1. Harvard Medical School:

    The traditional understanding of consumer surplus assumes a rational consumer, and that becomes strange for a behavior that you start in adolescence or that's addictive.

  2. Minister Bento Albuquerque:

    The Amazon is very important to the country. Not just in the respect of preserving the environment for the value it represents to the planet, but also in terms of its riches, the riches of the Amazon have to be explored in a rational and sustainable way that does not harm the environment.

  3. Blaise Pascal:

    There are only three types of people; those who have found God and serve him; those who have not found God and seek him, and those who live not seeking, or finding him. The first are rational and happy; the second unhappy and rational, and the third foolish and unhappy.

  4. Horace Mann:

    Do not think of knocking out another person's brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago.

  5. 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.

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