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# rational number

## noun

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*Mathematics.*- a number that can be expressed exactly by a ratio of two integers.

rational number

## noun

- any real number of the form
*a*/*b*, where*a*and*b*are integers and*b*is not zero, as 7 or 7/3

rational number

- A number that can be expressed as an integer or a quotient of integers. For example, 2, −5, and 1 2 are rational numbers.

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## Word History and Origins

Origin of rational number^{1}

First recorded in 1900–05

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## Example Sentences

If you zoom in on a sequence of rational numbers, you might approach a number that itself is not rational.

From Quanta Magazine

Similarly, any rational real number is distinct from the corresponding rational number.

From Project Gutenberg

When d is a given rational number, the set constitutes a subgroup which is conjugate to the group of multiplications.

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The subgroups, each of which leaves a single rational number unchanged, therefore form a single conjugate set.

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