- (of a number) not capable of being expressed exactly as a ratio of two integers.
- (of a function) not capable of being expressed exactly as a ratio of two polynomials.
- of or relating to a substitution in the normal metrical pattern, especially a long syllable for a short one.
- noting a foot or meter containing such a substitution.
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Origin of irrational
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Example sentences from the Web for irrational
“None of the status conference orders or decisions on motions were found to be irrational,” said Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the Office of Court Administration.New York Court Officials Complete Rare Review of Cases Handled by Judge Forced Into Retirement by Dementia|by Joe Sexton|November 20, 2020|ProPublica
Republicans are not irrational for spending down their electoral advantage on more temperamentally extreme candidates and ideologically pure policies.The crisis isn’t too much polarization. It’s too little democracy.|Ezra Klein|November 12, 2020|Vox
The entire GOP strategy for the Georgia Senate elections apparently centers on a belief that Georgia voters are irrational and will rise up in fury because they think they have been wronged — again — by conniving Democrats.The elites who think MAGA voters are rubes: Republicans|Jennifer Rubin|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
There’s a reason some marketers refer to this quirk of the industry as “irrational budget dumping.”
Mathematicians usually solve this problem by arranging the rationals in a line and filling the gaps with irrational numbers to create a complete number system that we call the real numbers.
According to her personal blog, “Irrationally Optimistic,” Zhang is a mother of two, living in a “double professional household.”Yahoo’s Accused Sexual Harasser Asked Women to Wear More Skirts at Work|Olivia Nuzzi|July 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The predominant school of thought holds that the markets are irrationally acting—and crashing—in response to the news.Let’s All Please Stop Overreacting to Bernanke’s Remarks|Daniel Gross|June 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The latest incident will give new life to the gossip that Trierweiler is irrationally jealous of Royal.France’s Valerie Trierweiler Tweets Against Segolene Royal|Tracy McNicoll|June 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It would be better to spend rationally now than irrationally in the heat of an election year.
It diminishes what they add to society, irrationally elevating their private lives in ways that do a disservice to them and to us.
He'd presented it to an orphanage mainly because, irrationally, he'd have liked to keep it.The Ambulance Made Two Trips|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
From this it will be seen how absurdly and irrationally different he was from the rest of us.The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns|Arnold Bennett
This wealth was never created because the capitalist class managed too wastefully and irrationally.Revolution and Other Essays|Jack London
There were plenty in my room; but, irrationally, of course, none pleased me.The Adventures of Jimmie Dale|Frank L. Packard
Merle, you must be very ill when you talk so irrationally and untruthfully.Professor Huskins|Lettie M. Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for irrational
- not rational
- (as noun)an irrational
- of or relating to a metrical irregularity, usually the occurrence of a long syllable instead of a short one
- denoting a metrical foot where such an irregularity occurs