# Irrational vs Foolish - What's the difference?

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## As adjectives the difference between irrational and foolish

is that irrational is not rational; unfounded or nonsensical while foolish is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

## As a noun irrational

is a real number that can not be expressed as the quotient of two integers, an irrational number.

# irrational

## English

• Not rational; unfounded or nonsensical.
• an irrational decision
• * July 18 2012 , Scott Tobias, AV Club The Dark Knight Rises [http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-dark-knight-rises-review-batman,82624/]
• Where the Joker preys on our fears of random, irrational acts of terror, Bane has an all-consuming, dictatorial agenda that’s more stable and permanent, a New World Order that’s been planned out with the precision of a military coup.
• (mathematics, arithmetic, number theory, not comparable) Of a real number, that cannot be written as the ratio of two integers.
• The number π is irrational .

#### Antonyms

* (mathematics) rational

#### Hyponyms

* (mathematics) transcendental

#### Derived terms

* irrational number * irrationality * irrationalize * irrationalization

### Noun

(en noun)
• A real number that can not be expressed as the quotient of two integers, an irrational number.
• * 1946 , (Bertrand Russell), History of Western Philosophy , I.24:
• The square root of 2, which was the first irrational to be discovered, was known to the early Pythagoreans, and ingenious methods of approximating to its value were discovered.

# foolish

## English

• Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
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• *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
• Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
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• *(Aeschylus)
• *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
• #### Synonyms

* absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise

* wise

#### Derived terms

* foolishness