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ra·tion·al·i·ty

 (răsh′ə-năl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. ra·tion·al·i·ties
1. The quality or condition of being rational.
2. A rational belief or practice.

rationality

(ˌræʃəˈnælɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the state or quality of being rational or logical
2. the possession or utilization of reason or logic
3. a reasonable or logical opinion
4. (Economics) economics the assumption that an individual will compare all possible combinations of goods and their prices when making purchases

ra•tion•al•i•ty

(ˌræʃ əˈnæl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or quality of being rational.
2. the possession or exercise of reason.
3. agreeableness to reason.
4. a reasonable view, practice, etc.
[1560–70; < Late Latin ratiōnālitās reasonableness. See rational, -ity]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rationality - the state of having good sense and sound judgment; "his rationality may have been impaired"; "he had to rely less on reason than on rousing their emotions"
saneness, sanity - normal or sound powers of mind
2.rationality - the quality of being consistent with or based on logic
logicality, logicalness - correct and valid reasoning

rationality

noun
1. What is sound or reasonable:
Idiom: rhyme or reason.
2. Exact, valid, and rational reasoning:
Translations
عَقلانِيَّه
racionalita
fornuftrationalitet
skynsemi
racionalita
mantıklılık

rationality

[ˌræʃəˈnælɪtɪ] Nracionalidad f

rationality

n (of person, action, thinking)Vernünftigkeit f, → Rationalität f; (of activity, solution)Vernünftigkeit f; (Med) → klarer Verstand

rational

(ˈraʃənl) adjective
1. able to think, reason and judge etc. Man is a rational animal.
2. sensible; reasonable; logical; not (over-) influenced by emotions etc. There must be a rational explanation for those strange noises
ˈrationally adverb
ˌrationˈality noun
References in classic literature ?
He has the religion of the matter, in believing what is to happen will happen; and with such a consolation, it won't be long afore he submits to the rationality of killing a four-footed beast to save the lives of human men.
It did not accord with the rationality of plan, the moderation in expense, or even the unselfish warmth of heart, which she had believed herself to discern in him yesterday.
All this time, Don Diego de Miranda had not spoken a word, being entirely taken up with observing and noting all that Don Quixote did and said, and the opinion he formed was that he was a man of brains gone mad, and a madman on the verge of rationality.
Why, mademoiselle, is it possible that anybody with a grain of rationality should feel enthusiasm about a mere name, and that name England?
To be a second time disappointed in the same way was an instance of very severe ill-luck; and his indignation was such, that had it not been for delicacy towards his friend, and his friend's youngest sister, he believed he should certainly attack the baronet on the absurdity of his proceedings, and argue him into a little more rationality.
Charles Musgrove was civil and agreeable; in sense and temper he was undoubtedly superior to his wife, but not of powers, or conversation, or grace, to make the past, as they were connected together, at all a dangerous contemplation; though, at the same time, Anne could believe, with Lady Russell, that a more equal match might have greatly improved him; and that a woman of real understanding might have given more consequence to his character, and more usefulness, rationality, and elegance to his habits and pursuits.
And he leaned back in his chair in radiant rationality.
Finally, I shook the thing, hoping to recall it for a moment to rationality.
Which would turn out to have the more foresight in it--her rationality or Caleb's ardent generosity?
While it had always been difficult for me to look upon these things as other than slimy, winged crocodiles--which, by the way, they do not at all resemble--I was now forced to a realization of the fact that I was in the hands of enlightened creatures--for justice and grati-tude are certain hallmarks of rationality and culture.
I could do with less caressing and more rationality.
Don't you see, Chris, that there is rationality in the very doubt?