- agreeable to reason; reasonable; sensible: a rational plan for economic development.
- having or exercising reason, sound judgment, or good sense: a calm and rational negotiator.
- being in or characterized by full possession of one's reason; sane; lucid: The patient appeared perfectly rational.
- endowed with the faculty of reason: rational beings.
- of, relating to, or constituting reasoning powers: the rational faculty.
- proceeding or derived from reason or based on reasoning: a rational explanation.
- capable of being expressed exactly by a ratio of two integers.
- (of a function) capable of being expressed exactly by a ratio of two polynomials.
- Classical Prosody. capable of measurement in terms of the metrical unit or mora.
- Mathematics. rational number.
Origin of rational
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The catalogue of pre-rational beliefs or impulses to believe, is considerable, and might easily be enlarged.
We must return, however, for a few paragraphs to the general consideration of what may be called our pre-rational beliefs.
To put our viewpoint somewhat differently, language is primarily a pre-rational function.Language
- using reason or logic in thinking out a problem
- in accordance with the principles of logic or reason; reasonable
- of sound mind; sanethe patient seemed quite rational
- endowed with the capacity to reason; capable of logical thoughtman is a rational being
- maths expressible as a ratio of two integers or polynomialsa rational number; a rational function
- maths a rational number
Word Origin and History for pre-rational
late 14c., "pertaining to reason;" mid-15c., "endowed with reason," from Old French racionel and directly from Latin rationalis "of or belonging to reason, reasonable," from ratio (genitive rationis) "reckoning, calculation, reason" (see ratio).
- Having or exercising the ability to reason.
- Influenced by reasoning rather than by emotion.
- Of sound mind; sane.
- Based on scientific knowledge or theory rather than practical observation.