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Definitions of rational

  1. of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind; " intellectual problems"; " the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man"
  2. ( math) capable of being expressed as a quotient of integers; " rational numbers"
  3. consistent with or based on or using reason; " rational behavior"; " a process of rational inference"; " rational thought"
  4. capable of being expressed as a quotient of integers; " rational numbers"
  5. Having reason, or the faculty of reasoning; endowed with reason or understanding; reasoning.
  6. Agreeable to reason; not absurd, preposterous, extravagant, foolish, fanciful, or the like; wise; judicious; as, rational conduct; a rational man.
  7. A rational being.
  8. Expressing the type, structure, relations, and reactions of a compound; graphic; - said of formulae. See under Formula.
  9. Having the power to reason, or think connectedly; as, a rational being; agreeable to, or in accord with, reason; as, a rational way of considering things; neither extravagant nor foolish; as, rational conduct; wise; judicious.
  10. Rationally.
  11. Pertaining to the reason: endowed with reason: agreeable to reason: sane: intelligent: judicious: ( arith. and alg.) noting a quantity which can be exactly expressed by numbers: ( geog.) noting the plane parallel to the sensible horizon of a place, and passing through the earth's centre.
  12. Endowed with reason; agrecable to reason; intelligent.
  13. Rationality.
  14. Possessing the faculty of reasoning; pertaining to the reason; reasonable; judicious.
  15. Endowed with reason; agreeable to reason; not absured or not extravagant; acting in conformity to reason; wise; judicious.
  16. Endowed with reason; agreeable to reason; judicious; acting in conformity to reason; sane.

Usage examples for rational

  1. This was good advice, and too rational not to be taken; but our present business was, what to do to get out of this dreadful place we were in. – The Life, Adventures & Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton by Daniel Defoe
  2. Rational truths not born of religious feeling would be in dogmatics so many dead weights and heterogeneous elements, which would lead to the greatest incoherence. – Outlines of a Philosophy of Religion based on Psychology and History by Auguste Sabatier
  3. It would be enough if we simply confessed that we meet for the enjoyment of a rational and not unelevating pleasure. – Platform Monologues by T. G. Tucker
  4. I have not been rational a bit, and you must not say I have. – Bad Hugh by Mary Jane Holmes
  5. One evening Clifford and his companion Augustus had been enjoying the rational amusement at Ranelagh, and were just leaving that celebrated place when they were arrested by a crowd at the entrance. – Paul Clifford, Volume 6. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  6. Yes, in an ideal and rational society that would be so. – The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters by George Sand, Gustave Flaubert Translated by A.L. McKensie
  7. Not so the woman allied by a purely rational bond: and he wanted guiding. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  8. I am coming to that, if you'll exercise a little rational patience. – A Book of Ghosts by Sabine Baring-Gould
  9. All the stable, rational men have disappeared. – Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  10. This line of thought, once begun, seemed so rational that she wondered it had not occurred to her before. – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  11. I believe I was rational in my own fashion for a little while, but when I ventured to say in a very unnecessary whisper, " Then you will go abroad with me?" – On the Church Steps by Sarah C. Hallowell
  12. Miss Beaumont was serious and rational at once. – The Celestial Omnibus and other Stories by E. M. Forster
  13. I am fond of Mrs. Jennings and Hester- they always treat me, even Hester does, like a rational creature. – A Houseful of Girls by Sarah Tytler
  14. A small and feeble beginning, but of something that was to grow and spread; the beginning of a faith that is as rational as it is wide. – Recollections and Impressions 1822-1890 by Octavius Brooks Frothingham
  15. On other matters he was perfectly rational and he was easy and pleasing in conversation. – Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ by Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
  16. Only out of rational choice can order have come." – A Candid Examination of Theism by George John Romanes
  17. If that wears off they are entirely rational. – The Unwilling Vestal by Edward Lucas White
  18. Children are to be led early to believe, but this, from the nature of the case, cannot be on rational grounds. – The English Church in the Eighteenth Century by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
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