anti-rational

adjective

an·​ti-ra·​tio·​nal
ˌan-tē-ˈrash-nəl,
-ˈra-shə-nᵊl,
ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-rational (audio)
variants or antirational
: opposed or contrary to what is rational : deliberately or utterly irrational
anti-rational thinking/behavior
anti-rationalism noun
or antirationalism
ˌan-tē-ˈrash-nə-ˌli-zəm,
-ˈra-shə-nə-ˌli-,
ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-rational (audio)
A cultural history of the past 40 years, the book focuses on the convergence of social forces … that have created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism. The Washington Times
anti-rationalist adjective
or antirationalist
ˌan-tē-ˈrash-nə-list,
-ˈra-shə-nə-list,
ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-rational (audio)
anti-rationalist theories
anti-rationalist noun
or antirationalist
… since it is quite possible to reduce one's use of evidence and logic in certain contexts, it is not necessarily futile for anti-rationalists to urge that everyone should do this every time they disagree with what anti-rationalists believe. Michael Albert
anti-rationality noun
or antirationality
ˌan-tē-ˌra-shə-ˈna-lə-tē,
ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-rational (audio)
It wasn't enough to reject the old approaches; a kind of antirationality gripped American business. Barbara Ehrenreich

Word History

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-rational was in 1749

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Cite this Entry

“Anti-rational.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anti-rational. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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