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rational

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If you believed more in life you would fling yourself less to the moment.
Friedrich Nietzsche
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Etymology

For adjective: From Old French rationel, rational < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] rationalis (of or belonging to reason, rational, reasonable) < ratio (reason)

For noun: From Old French rational < Mediaeval Latin rationale (a pontifical stole, a pallium, an ornament worn over the chasuble), neut. of [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] rationalis (rational), for which see the first etymology.

Pronunciation

  • ră'sh(ə)nəl, /ˈræʃ(ə)nəl/, /"r{S(@)n@l/

Adjective

rational (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
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  1. Agreeable to reason; not absurd, preposterous, extravagant, foolish, fanciful, or the like.
    rational conduct
    rational man
  2. (arithmetic) (no comparative or superlative) Of a number, capable of being expressed as the ratio of two integers.

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Noun

Singular
rational

Plural
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rational ({{{1}}})
  1. (mathematics) A number that can be expressed as the quotient of two integers.
    The quotient of two rationals is again a rational.

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