# Rational vs Speculative - What's the difference?

rational | speculative |

## As adjectives the difference between

is that

## As a noun

is (mathematics) a rational number: a number that can be expressed as the quotient of two integers.

Capable of reasoning.
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Logically sound; not contradictory or otherwise absurd.
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Characterized by speculation; based on guessing or unfounded opinions.
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## As adjectives the difference between **rational** and **speculative**

is that **rational**is capable of reasoning while

**speculative**is .

## As a noun **rational**

is (mathematics) a rational number: a number that can be expressed as the quotient of two integers. # rational

## English

### Alternative forms

* rationall (*obsolete*)

### Etymology 1

From (*etyl*) rationel, rational, from (

*etyl*)

#### Adjective

(*en adjective*)

*label*) Healthy or balanced intellectually; exhibiting reasonableness.

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Magician’s brain, passage=The [Isaac] Newton that emerges from the [unpublished] manuscripts is far from the popular image of a

**rational**practitioner of cold and pure reason. The architect of modern science was himself not very modern. He was obsessed with alchemy.}}

*¾ is a***rational**number, but ?2 is an irrational number.

*label*) Expressing the type, structure, relations, and reactions of a compound; graphic; said of formulae.

##### Antonyms

* (*reasonable*) absurd, irrational, nonsensical * (

*capable of reasoning*) arational, irrational, non-rational * (

*number theory*) irrational

### Etymology 2

From (*etyl*) rational, from , for which see the first etymology.

#### Noun

(*en noun*)

*The quotient of two***rationals''' is again a '''rational**.

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*Young*)

### References

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*# speculative

## English

### Adjective

(*en adjective*)

**speculative**builder built this house and persuaded Austin to buy it. Oh, dear, and here we are among the rich and great; and the steel kings and copper kings and oil kings and their heirs and dauphins.

*Do*you like the house?"

England 2-2 Switzerland, passage=Tranquillo Barnetta was the grateful beneficiary of uncertain England defending and poor goalkeeping from Joe Hart as he twice saw

**speculative**free-kicks end in the back of the net in the first half.}}