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as in:  rational behavior

It’s hard to think rationally when I’m this upset.
  reasonable — in various senses:
  • logical as contrasted to illogical
  • based on reason as contrasted to emotion
  • capable of using reason as contrasted to being insane or lacking the ability to reason
  • based on a logical analysis as contrasted to intuition, instinct, custom, tarot-card reading, or some other system of decision making
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  • It’s hard to think rationally when I’m this upset.
  • Let’s try to ignore how upset we are for a moment and think about this rationally.
  • They cannot be reached by a rational argument.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Not everyone understands what a completely rational process this is, this maintenance of a motorcycle.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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  • Eventually Vic and Roger had worn him down, but not with rational arguments.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • We know we cannot rationally describe the kind of person we will fall in love with:
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • By tomorrow, she’ll be rational —I can explain why I didn’t want to turn the girls in.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • After that, I did a better job of listening and, eventually, the concept of rational functions started to make a little sense.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • He hoped it was because the Crank had finally accepted that his new visitor was going to take a rational and calm approach to their situation.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • It was hard to think rationally when he looked at me that way.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite

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  • If I was the princess and something was happening where I needed a rational perspective, I’d call Elise first.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • This was complete lunacy as far as he was concerned, and there was no way to deal with it rationally.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • The ghost of rational Mia.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • If you didn’t know that she was acting rational on the far side of crazy.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • Maybe it wasn’t rational, but the world I lived in wasn’t rational anymore.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • A million years of evolution has taught me to trust my senses, and the primitive part of my brain is deaf to the rational part that screams in a high pitch like a dying animal, Not real not real not real not real.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • The one rational explanation for all this would have been that she did not sleep, but this was not the case.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • So rational.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • My version of events sounded perfectly rational until I was forced to say the words aloud, and then it sounded insane, particularly on the day I had to say them to the police officer who came to our house.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • We asked courts to recognize that such a judgment cannot rationally be passed on children below a certain age because they are unfinished products, human works in progress.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Some small rational part of me realized I was in deep shock.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Whatever rational part that had been holding her back from diving into the darkness simply dissolved.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • I’ve seen men turn into snakes, ants turn into men, and otherwise rational people dance the macarena.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • There is certain to be a more rational explanation.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • And as much as you want to think we should be civilized right now, as much as you want to deal with this rationally, there comes a time, Caroline.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • These are the rational steps.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Part of my brain—the rational, educated part, the logical me part—screams, Blue!
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • But I guess the ability to think rationally has deserted me because I don’t deny it at all.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • We mercilessly pounced on the member of the group who dared utter a belief without foundation or without rational credibility.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The rational part of my brain finally kicked in, stomping down the chaos of panic and terror that had overtaken me.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • In order to collect my senses I decided to stay there at the Maple Court for a while, during which time I hoped to lay out a bright and rational plan of action.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The Nikettes screamed again and all rational thought abandoned Leo.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Rationally, I knew it was a quick draw and a big leap, but emotionally, the stakes were too high to step back and think it over.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • There are two kinds of fears: rational and irrational—or, in simpler terms, fears that make sense and fears that don’t.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Wide Window
  • I had no room in my mind for any form of rational thought; I wanted only to get away from him.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • All rational thought shut down and the nightmarish doubt replayed itself again and again in my mind.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • "There’s no ’rational grounds’ for anything I care about."
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • And if he could just have a rational word or two with her, he’d surely climb out of the bin himself.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • It doesn’t seem one bit rational."
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Sometimes he’s almost rational, and then, for no reason, he goes off again.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • It was too strange; he couldn’t bring his rational mind to accept what was happening.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • She was as rational as you and I, more so perhaps, and we burned her.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • I tried to stay calm and rational because it seemed Sarawa and his men were intent on saving me.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Those whose attitude towards the war is most nearly rational are the subject peoples of the disputed territories.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • What monsters will creep from the darkness and steal my rationality?
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • I call, but I know he won’t turn back and wait for me to give a rational explanation.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • The older boys agreed; but here and there among the little ones was the doubt that required more than rational assurance.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • He could see no hint of rationality in the things to which people responded now.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He said, ’Love is the only rational act.’
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • Surely there must be some rational explanation of all these mysterious things.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
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Associated words [difficulty]:   rational [1] , irrational [1] , rationalize [4] , rationale [5]
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