reasonable - rational

reasonable - rational
'reasonable'
When someone is reasonable, they behave in a fair and sensible way.

Our mother was always very reasonable.

I can't do that, Morris. Be reasonable.

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If something such as a proposal or judgement is reasonable, it is acceptable because it is fair or sensible.

Rules and procedures need to be accepted as reasonable by those who operate them.

There was no reasonable explanation for her decision.

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'rational'
You say that someone is rational when they are able to think clearly and make decisions and judgements based on reason rather than emotion.

Let's talk about this like two rational people.

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You can also describe people's behaviour as rational.

This was a totally rational response to a set of complex problems.

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  • Rational — Ra tion*al (r[a^]sh [u^]n*al), a. [L. rationalis: cf. F. rationnel. See {Ratio}, {Reason}, and cf. {Rationale}.] 1. Relating to the reason; not physical; mental. [1913 Webster] Moral philosophy was his chiefest end; for the rational, the natural …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rational horizon — Rational Ra tion*al (r[a^]sh [u^]n*al), a. [L. rationalis: cf. F. rationnel. See {Ratio}, {Reason}, and cf. {Rationale}.] 1. Relating to the reason; not physical; mental. [1913 Webster] Moral philosophy was his chiefest end; for the rational, the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rational quantity — Rational Ra tion*al (r[a^]sh [u^]n*al), a. [L. rationalis: cf. F. rationnel. See {Ratio}, {Reason}, and cf. {Rationale}.] 1. Relating to the reason; not physical; mental. [1913 Webster] Moral philosophy was his chiefest end; for the rational, the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rational symptom — Rational Ra tion*al (r[a^]sh [u^]n*al), a. [L. rationalis: cf. F. rationnel. See {Ratio}, {Reason}, and cf. {Rationale}.] 1. Relating to the reason; not physical; mental. [1913 Webster] Moral philosophy was his chiefest end; for the rational, the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rational — ra·tio·nal / ra shə nəl/ adj 1: having reason or understanding 2: relating to, based on, or guided by reason, principle, fairness, logic, a legitimate state interest, or a consideration of fact age distinctions are not subject to strict scrutiny …   Law dictionary

  • reasonable — *rational Analogous words: sensible, sane, prudent, judicious, *wise: *fair, equitable, just Antonyms: unreasonable …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • reasonable — reasonableness, reasonability, n. reasonably, adv. /ree zeuh neuh beuhl, reez neuh /, adj. 1. agreeable to reason or sound judgment; logical: a reasonable choice for chairman. 2. not exceeding the limit prescribed by reason; not excessive:… …   Universalium

  • rational — 1. adjective /ˈræʃ(ə)nəl/ a) healthy or balanced intellectually; reasonable rational conduct b) capable of deductive reasoning Man is a rational creature …   Wiktionary

  • reasonable — rea·son·able adj 1 a: being in accordance with reason, fairness, duty, or prudence b: of an appropriate degree or kind c: supported or justified by fact or circumstance a reasonable belief that force was necessary for self defense d …   Law dictionary

  • rational — rational, reasonable may be applied to men, their acts, utterances, or policies in the senses of having or manifesting the power to reason, or of being in accordance with what reason dictates as right, wise, or sensible. Rational usually implies… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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