Definition: (of a person) having reason; (of ideas) based on reason; logical
Definition: (of a person) having reason; (of ideas) based on reason; logical
Sentences Containing 'rational'
``Better to be a rational creature,''he added then, after ringing a small bell on the table,``and accept your natural destiny.
It would surely be much more rational if conversation instead of dancing were made the order of the day.''
``Much more rational, my dear Caroline, I dare say, but it would not be near so much like a ball.''
His pride never deserts him; but with the rich he is liberal minded, just, sincere, rational, honorable, and perhaps agreeable allowing something for fortune and figure.''
Do not consider me now as an elegant female, intending to plague you, but as a rational creature, speaking the truth from her heart.''
And you are never to stir out of doors till you can prove that you have spent ten minutes of every day in a rational manner.''
Their mutual affection will steady them; and I flatter myself they will settle so quietly, and live in so rational a manner, as may in time make their past imprudence forgotten.''
The wish of procuring her regard, which she had assured herself of his feeling in Derbyshire, could not in rational expectation survive such a blow as this.
This measure was approved by all the rational people in the State; but not by the bench of Judges.
Faria, since their first acquaintance, had been on all points so rational and logical, so wonderfully sagacious, in fact, that he could not understand how so much wisdom on all points could be allied with madness.
He was, too, very learned, and rational enough on all points which did not relate to his treasure; but on that, indeed, he was intractable.''
``And who are you, then, that arrogate to yourself this tyrannical right over free and rational beings?''
That is, spend not thy time in thinking, what such a man doth, and to what end: what he saith, and what he thinks, and what he is about, and such other things or curiosities, which make a man to rove and wander from the care and observation of that part of himself, which is rational, and overruling.
For it is not lawful, that anything that is of another and inferior kind and nature, be it what it will, as either popular applause, or honour, or riches, or pleasures; should be suffered to confront and contest as it were, with that which is rational, and operatively good.
For all his life long, this is his only care, that his mind may always be occupied in such intentions and objects, as are proper to a rational sociable creature.
Use thine opinative faculty with all honour and respect, for in her indeed is all: that thy opinion do not beget in thy understanding anything contrary to either nature, or the proper constitution of a rational creature.
The end and object of a rational constitution is, to do nothing rashly, to be kindly affected towards men, and in all things willingly to submit unto the gods.
He an aposteme of the world, who by being discontented with those things that happen unto him in the world, doth as it were apostatise, and separate himself from common nature's rational administration.
He raises sedition in the city, who by irrational actions withdraws his own soul from that one and common soul of all rational creatures.
Behold and observe, what is the state of their rational part; and those that the world doth account wise, see what things they fly and are afraid of; and what things they hunt after.
And prudency itself, what more kind and amiable than it, when thou shalt truly consider with thyself, what it is through all the proper objects of thy rational intellectual faculty currently to go on without any fall or stumble?
Thus from time to time and upon all occasions thou must put this question to thyself; what is now that part of mine which they call the rational mistress part, employed about?
Reason, and rational power, are faculties which content themselves with themselves, and their own proper operations.
Society therefore is the proper good of a rational creature.
That rational essence by which the universe is governed, is for community and society; and therefore hath it both made the things that are worse, for the best, and hath allied and knit together those which are best, as it were in an harmony.
That rational essence that doth govern it, hath in itself no cause to do evil.
As for that Rational Essence by which all things are governed, as it best understandeth itself, both its own disposition, and what it doth, and what matter it hath to do with and accordingly doth all things; so we that do not, no wonder, if we wonder at many things, the reasons whereof we cannot comprehend.
The rational commanding part, as it alone can stir up and turn itself; so it maketh both itself to be, and everything that happeneth, to appear unto itself, as it will itself.
I for my part will do what belongs unto me; as for other things, whether things unsensible or things irrational; or if rational, yet deceived and ignorant of the true way, they shall not trouble or distract me.
For either they were both resumed into those original rational essences from whence all things in the world are propagated; or both after one fashion were scattered into atoms.
We all work to one effect, some willingly, and with a rational apprehension of what we do: others without any such knowledge.
And my nature is, to be rational in all my actions and as a good, and natural member of a city and commonwealth, towards my fellow members ever to be sociably and kindly disposed and affected.
Not only now henceforth to have a common breath, or to hold correspondency of breath, with that air, that compasseth us about; but to have a common mind, or to hold correspondency of mind also with that rational substance, which compasseth all things.
Sayest thou unto that rational part, Thou art dead; corruption hath taken hold on thee?
It would be difficult to give any rational explanation of the affinities of the blind cave-animals to the other inhabitants of the two continents on the ordinary view of their independent creation.
At other times, so they tell me when they find me in a rational mood, I sally out upon the road, and though they would gladly give it me, I snatch food by force from the shepherds bringing it from the village to their huts.
It excited fresh pity in those who had heard him to see a man of apparently sound sense, and with rational views on every subject he discussed, so hopelessly wanting in all, when his wretched unlucky chivalry was in question.
Hush, for heaven's sake, be rational and let's have no more nonsense."
The hearing of an articulate voice and rational discourse in the dark assures us of the presence of some person: Why?
Adam, though his rational faculties be supposed, at the very first, entirely perfect, could not have inferred from the fluidity and transparency of water that it would suffocate him, or from the light and warmth of fire that it would consume him.
And it must be confessed, that, in the present case of freezing, the event follows contrary to the rules of analogy, and is such as a rational Indian would not look for.
Do you disclaim this principle, in order to embrace a more rational opinion, that the perceptions are only representations of something external?
And I am very well persuaded that whatever you do, Trot, will always be natural and rational.'
'Your sister, Betsey Trotwood,' said my aunt, 'would have been as natural and rational a girl as ever breathed.
I tried to calm him, that we might come to something rational; but he got hotter and hotter, and wouldn't hear a word.
Have not I the most reason to complain, when I see these very _Yahoos_ carried by _Houyhnhnms_ in a vehicle, as if they were brutes, and those the rational creatures?
The farmer, by this time, was convinced I must be a rational creature.
But when he heard my voice, and found what I delivered to be regular and rational, he could not conceal his astonishment.
And, as truth always forces its way into rational minds, so this honest worthy gentleman, who had some tincture of learning, and very good sense, was immediately convinced of my candour and veracity.
As these noble _Houyhnhnms_ are endowed by nature with a general disposition to all virtues, and have no conceptions or ideas of what is evil in a rational creature, so their grand maxim is, to cultivate reason, and to be wholly governed by it.
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::: stymie - thwart; present an obstacle; stump
::: offhand - casual; done without prior thought or preparation
::: anthropologist - student of the history and science of humankind
::: prosaic - lacking in imagination; dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact(concerned with facts, not imagination or feelings); factual; CF. prose
::: consonant - harmonious; in agreement; N.
::: academic - related to a school; not practical or directly useful
::: divest - strip (as of clothes); deprive (as of rights); dispossess; N. divestiture(divestment)
::: Occident - the West
::: premonition - forewarning; presentiment; foreboding