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[frak-shuh-nl] /ˈfræk ʃə nl/
pertaining to fractions; comprising a part or the parts of a unit; constituting a fraction:
fractional numbers.
comparatively small; inconsiderable or insignificant:
The profit on the deal was fractional.
Chemistry. of or noting a process, as distillation, crystallization, or oxidation, by which the component substances of a mixture are separated according to differences in certain of their properties, as boiling point, critical temperature, or solubility.
Also, fractionary
[frak-shuh-ner-ee] /ˈfræk ʃəˌnɛr i/ (Show IPA)
Origin of fractional
1665-75; fraction + -al1
Related forms
fractionally, adverb
subfractional, adjective
subfractionally, adverb
subfractionary, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fractional
  • There are no good solutions to the instability caused by fractional banking.
  • The multiplier effect of the fractional reserve system causes the boom and busts.
  • They are high powered because fractional reserve banking allows ten new dollars to be loaned out for every dollar in reserve.
  • The silly conspiracy of fractional reserve banking is probably the reason.
  • Any economic framework based upon fractional reserve banking and opaque, open-ended management of money supply will fail.
  • Similar to fractional reserve banking, it requires a bit of suspension of disbelief in order to work.
  • With fractional reserve banking, the gold standard can never restrict credit.
  • When the music stops there are literally only a fractional reserve of chairs.
  • Using your fractional square calculation oversimplified humans to math equations.
  • The same can be said of certain libertarian arguments against fractional banking and interest rate fixing.
British Dictionary definitions for fractional


relating to, containing, or constituting one or more fractions
of or denoting a process in which components of a mixture are separated by exploiting differences in their physical properties, such as boiling points, solubility, etc: fractional distillation, fractional crystallization
very small or insignificant
broken up; fragmented
Derived Forms
fractionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for fractional

1670s, from fraction + -al (1).

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