View synonyms for rationally


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  1. in a way that is agreeable to and supported by reason; sensibly or logically:

    It’s a bit difficult to explain rationally to your teenager why they are being subjected to a drug test at home.

    Right-brain thinking also includes intuition, which is not understood rationally but is nonetheless highly valued.

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Other Words From

  • an·ti·ra·tion·al·ly adverb
  • hy·per·ra·tion·al·ly adverb
  • non·ra·tion·al·ly adverb
  • o·ver·ra·tion·al·ly adverb
  • qua·si-ra·tion·al·ly adverb
  • trans·ra·tion·al·ly adverb
  • ul·tra·ra·tion·al·ly adverb
  • un·ra·tion·al·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

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Example Sentences

I was struck in the book how you talk about what you call this “rational hypocrisy” that companies have to deal with.

From Fortune

You know, one of the things that I changed my mind about as I got older, I realized most people aren’t rational.

The Constitution’s provision barring a taking of property without just compensation did a little work, and a requirement that all statutes have some rational basis did a little more.

From Fortune

Developed over a century ago, p-adic numbers have become an essential setting in which to investigate questions about rational numbers that go back millennia.

It’s a rational adjustment for a business that has limited access to exclusive content.

From Digiday

More importantly, contends Winroth, the Vikings were acting completely rationally with their raids.

When I fielded telephone calls, my attempts to rationally discuss the subject were complete failures.

This is why the Republican House has twice passed bills offering more rationally allocated cuts.

Iran was not like Cold War Russia, and could not be relied upon to act rationally.

That is a message that might rationally resonate with independents, because it is rooted in fact.

If I can manage to be rationally coherent, I shall be more than satisfied.

They may differ as to Monday or Tuesday, but they cannot rationally differ as to whether it is day or night.

At first he had comported himself rationally, going there occasionally to superintend matters, but soon he became too impatient.

But Christendom in the mass has never rationally considered this question from a broad-minded and liberal aspect!

Now, are we going to discuss this thing rationally, or do you want to hit me with a heavy siphon?





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