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Webster 1913 Edition


irrational

ir-ra′tion-al

(ĭr-răsh′ŭn-al)
,
Adj.
[L.
irrationalis
: cf. F.
irrationnel
. See
In-
not, and
Rational
.]
1.
Not rational; void of reason or understanding;
as, brutes are
irrational
animals
.
It seemed utterly
irrational
any longer to maintain it.
I. Taylor.
Syn. – Absurd; foolish; preposterous; unreasonable; senseless. See
Absurd
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Irrational

IRRA'TIONAL

,
Adj.
[L. irrationalis; in and rationalis, from ratio.]
1.
Not rational; void of reason or understanding. Brutes are irrational animals.
2.
Not according to the dictates of reason; contrary to reason; absurd. To pursue a course of life which destroys happiness, is irrational.

Definition 2022


irrational

irrational

English

Adjective

irrational (comparative more irrational, superlative most irrational)

  1. Not rational; unfounded or nonsensical.
    an irrational decision
    • July 18, 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Dark Knight Rises
      Where the Joker preys on our fears of random, irrational acts of terror, Bane has an all-consuming, dictatorial agenda that’s more stable and permanent, a New World Order that’s been planned out with the precision of a military coup.
  2. (mathematics, arithmetic, number theory, not comparable) Of a real number, that cannot be written as the ratio of two integers.
    The number π is irrational.

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Noun

irrational (plural irrationals)

  1. A real number that can not be expressed as the quotient of two integers, an irrational number.
    • 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, I.24:
      The square root of 2, which was the first irrational to be discovered, was known to the early Pythagoreans, and ingenious methods of approximating to its value were discovered.

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German

Alternative forms

  • irrationell

Adjective

irrational (comparative irrationaler, superlative am irrationalsten)

  1. irrational

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