Definition of rational
- a rational explanation
- rational behavior
- a rational root of an equation
human beings are rational creatures
insisted there was a rational explanation for the strange creaking noises and that there were no such things as ghosts
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: based on facts or reason and not on emotions or feelings
: having the ability to reason or think about things clearly
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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