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Ratio 1. the relation between two similar magnitudes in respect to the number of times the first contains the second: the ratio of 5 to 2, written 5:2 or 5/2. 2. proportional relation; rate: the ratio between acceptances and rejections. [< L ratiõ a reckoning, account, calculation; see reason -Syn. 1. sensible, intelligent, judicious, wise, equitable. Reasonable, Rational refer to the faculty of reasoning. Reasonable has taken on more and more the pragmatic idea of simple common sense: A reasonable supposition is one that appeals to our common sense. Rational is the more technical or more abstract term, concerned always with pure reason. It is applied to statements that reflect or satisfy highly logical thinking: Her conclusions are always of a rational, never an emotional, nature. 2. equitable, fair, just. ]
[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]
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