AskDefine | Define rational

Dictionary Definition

rational adj
1 consistent with or based on or using reason; "rational behavior"; "a process of rational inference"; "rational thought" [ant: irrational]
2 of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind; "intellectual problems"; "the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man" [syn: intellectual, noetic]
3 capable of being expressed as a quotient of integers; "rational numbers" [ant: irrational]
4 having its source in or being guided by the intellect (distinguished from experience or emotion); "a rational analysis"

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  • ră'sh(ə)nəl, /ˈræʃ(ə)nəl/, /"r

Extensive Definition

Rational may be:
rational in German: Rational
rational in French: Rationnel

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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