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irrational

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Definition not reasonable

More rarely, irrational numbers in mathematics are numbers that cannot be expressed as a fraction consisting of only an integer in the numerator and denominator. For example, pi is an irrational number while 1/3 is rational.
  • I have an irrational fear of spiders.
irrational = unreasonable
  • It is as irrational to place too much faith in reason as it is to place too little faith in it.
  • irrational = unreasonable
  • The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.
    John Maynard Keynes
  • irrational = unreasonable
  • I have an irrational fear of heights.
  • irrational = unreasonable
  • Walter's case taught me that fear and anger are a threat to justice; they can infect a community, a state, or a nation and make us blind, irrational, and dangerous.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • irrational = unreasonable
  • Her denial was so complete, so irrational, I realized there was no way I could argue with her.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • irrational = unreasonable (ignoring reason and logic)
  • That was what worried him, as irrational as it seemed.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • irrational = unreasonable
  • And I knew he had done that, not out of any concern for me, but because when he wants something, he gets impatient and irrational about people who make him wait.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • irrational = unreasonable
  • He found that he was often angry, now: irrationally angry at his groupmates, that they were satisfied with their lives which had none of the vibrance his own was taking on.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • irrationally = in a manner that is unreasonable
  • Slowly, in mild afternoon sunshine, he walked up a dingy street in the direction of Mr Charrington's shop, keeping one eye open for the patrols, but irrationally convinced that this afternoon there was no danger of anyone interfering with him.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • irrationally = in a manner that is unreasonable
  • I'm irrationally concerned she can see my butt through the paper robe.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • irrationally = in a manner that is not reasonable
  • But it's an irrational, stupid thought.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • irrational = unreasonable
  • Instinctive, not irrational.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • irrational = unreasonable
  • An irrational response that somehow would've seemed appropriate.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • irrational = unreasonable
  • To this day, radical thought was considered left wing, irrational thought was left brain, and anything evil, sinister.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • irrational = unreasonable
  • Humans, I'd noticed, seem to be irrationally fond of dogs, and I could see why a puppy would be easier to cuddle with than, say, a gorilla.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • irrationally = in a manner that is without reason
  • Tolerance had turned to distrust and irrational fear.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • irrational = unreasonable
  • Admittedly, I have some anxiety problems, but I would argue it isn't irrational to be concerned about the fact that you are a skin-encased bacterial colony.
    John Green  --  Turtles All the Way Down
  • irrational = unreasonable
  • Shortly before he disappeared, Chris complained to Carine that their parents' behavior was "so irrational, so oppressive, disrespectful and insulting that I finally passed my breaking point."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • irrational = unreasonable
  • To have positive liberty, he explained, is to take control of one's own mind; to be liberated from irrational fears and beliefs, from addictions, superstitions and all other forms of self-coercion.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
irrational = unreasonable

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