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- rationall (obsolete)
- Capable of reasoning.
- Man is a rational creature.
- 2001, Mark Sainsbury, chapter 1, in Logical Forms — An Introduction to Philosophical Logic, 2nd edition, Blackwell Publishing, →ISBN, §7, page 32:
- The utility of valid arguments is a monument to our frailty: to the fact that we are not completely rational beings.
- Logically sound; not contradictory or otherwise absurd.
- His statements were quite rational.
- (of a person or personal characteristics) Healthy or balanced intellectually; exhibiting reasonableness.
- rational conduct
- 2014 June 21, “Magician’s brain”, in The Economist, volume 411, number 8892:
- The [Isaac] Newton that emerges from the [unpublished] manuscripts is far from the popular image of a rational practitioner of cold and pure reason. The architect of modern science was himself not very modern. He was obsessed with alchemy.
- (mathematics, arithmetic, number theory, not comparable) Of a number, capable of being expressed as the ratio of two integers.
- ¾ is a rational number, but √2 is an irrational number.
- (mathematics, arithmetic, not comparable) Of an algebraic expression, capable of being expressed as the ratio of two polynomials.
- (chemistry) Expressing the type, structure, relations, and reactions of a compound; graphic; said of formulae.
- (physics) Expressing a physical object.
- A rational table is physical, a written table is neither.
- (reasonable): absurd, irrational, nonsensical
- (capable of reasoning): arational, irrational, non-rational
- (number theory): irrational
rational (plural rationals)
- (mathematics) A rational number: a number that can be expressed as the quotient of two integers.
- The quotient of two rationals is again a rational.
From Old French rational, from Medieval Latin rationale (“a pontifical stole, a pallium, an ornament worn over the chasuble”), neuter of Latin rationalis (“rational”), for which see the first etymology. Translation of λογεῖον (logeîon) or perhaps λόγιον (lógion, “oracle”) in the Septuagint version of Exodus 28.
rational (plural rationals)
- (historical) The breastplate worn by Israelite high priests.
- 1609, Douay-Rheims Bible, Exodus 28:15
- And thou shalt make the rational of judgment with embroidered work of divers colours, according to the workmanship of the ephod, of gold, violet, and purple, and scarlet twice dyed, and fine twisted linen.
- rational in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- rational in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- "rational" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 252.
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(with definite article)
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|genitive||des rationalen||der rationalen||des rationalen||der rationalen|
|dative||dem rationalen||der rationalen||dem rationalen||den rationalen|
|accusative||den rationalen||die rationale||das rationale||die rationalen|
(with indefinite article)
|nominative||ein rationaler||eine rationale||ein rationales||(keine) rationalen|
|genitive||eines rationalen||einer rationalen||eines rationalen||(keiner) rationalen|
|dative||einem rationalen||einer rationalen||einem rationalen||(keinen) rationalen|
|accusative||einen rationalen||eine rationale||ein rationales||(keine) rationalen|
- rational in Duden online