rational number
noun Date: 1879 a number that can be expressed as an integer or the quotient of an integer divided by a nonzero integer

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  • rational number — See number …   Philosophy dictionary

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  • Rational — may refer to: * Rationality, a concept of reason * Rational number, a number that can be expressed as a ratio of two integers * Rational function, a mathematical function which can be written as the ratio of two polynomial functions * Rational… …   Wikipedia

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