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  • adjective Obsolete form of rational.


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  • Which being done, he seeming very simple and sottish, and she chearing him with flattering behaviour: into the close Arbour they went, which the Sunnes bright eye could not pierce into, and there I leave it to the Nunnes owne approbation, whether Massetto was a man rationall, or no.

    The Decameron 2004

  • Father in confession; he absolved her of that sinne; affirming, that she had not transgressed with a man, because he wanted his rationall and understanding parts.

    The Decameron 2004

  • Behold Sister, heere lyes a creature, almost formed in the self-same mold, dumbe and deafe, which are two the most rationall and understanding parts that do belong to any man, and therefore no Man, wanting them.

    The Decameron 2004

  • Hard studdy of the law hath filled his head with other matters, and made him infinitely more rationall, and by consequents, more agreeable.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851 Various

  • Hard studdy of the law hath filled his head with other matters, and made him infinitely more rationall and more agreeable.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 06 — Fiction Various 1909

  • Speak not evill of one absent, for it is unjust to detract from the worth of any, or besmeare a good name by condemning, where the party is not present, to clear himselfe, or undergo a rationall conviction.

    George Washington's Rules of Civility Conway, M D 1890

  • Here was no Procession; the King stood still in his first place; no Exorcised Water; no Asperges Me, nor other impertinent application of words spoken upon another occasion; but a decent, and rationall speech, and such as in making to God a present of his new built House, was most conformable to the occasion.

    Leviathan Thomas Hobbes 1633

  • These properties of just and rationall Judicature considered,

    Leviathan Thomas Hobbes 1633

  • "A Compendium of the rationall Secretes" &c, as p. 84K Liccnfed. 158a.

    Typographical antiquities: an historical account of printing in England ... 1790

  • Nature seems to have spent an apprentiship of yeares to make you such a one, for it is full seven yeares ere hee comes to this perfection, and be fit for the saddle: for then (as we,) it seemes to come to the yeares of discretion, when he will shew a kinde of rationall judgement with him, and if you set an expert rider on his backe, you shall see how sensiblie they will talke together, as master and scholler.

    Microcosmography or, a Piece of the World Discovered; in Essays and Characters John Earle


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