a number that can be expressed exactly by a ratio of two integers.
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Origin of rational number
First recorded in 1900–05
Words nearby rational number
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British Dictionary definitions for rational number
any real number of the form a / b, where a and b are integers and b is not zero, as 7 or 7/3
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Scientific definitions for rational number
A number that can be expressed as an integer or a quotient of integers. For example, 2, -5, and 12 are rational numbers.
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