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[ih-rash-uh-nal-i-tee] /ɪˌræʃ əˈnæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural irrationalities for 2.
the quality or condition of being irrational.
an irrational, illogical, or absurd action, thought, etc.
Origin of irrationality
1560-70; irrational + -ity Unabridged
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Examples from the web for irrationality
  • It leads to irritability, irrationality, and irascibility.
  • irrationality plus greed, of course, and a substantial dose of ignorance.
  • There is nothing that humans' rationality or irrationality can do about it.
  • Point out the irrationality of my arguments, please.
  • The bigger concern is the prevalence of irrationality and mindless dogma.
  • By nature, we're driven to confirm and defend our current beliefs, even to the point of irrationality.
  • The darkest side seems to be the extreme irrationality of people.
  • The result is a testament to economic irrationality.
  • And human beings pursue irrationality with astonishing fervour.
  • If appeals to irrationality are admissible, then anything goes.
British Dictionary definitions for irrationality


the state or quality of being irrational
irrational thought, action, or behaviour
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Word Origin and History for irrationality

1560s, from irrational + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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