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Maths
1. expressible as a ratio of two integers or polynomials
2. a rational number

rational

[Mathematics] a fractional number n/d, where n and d are integers, n is the numerator and d is the denominator. The set of all rational numbers is usually called Q. Computers do not usually deal with rational numbers but instead convert them to real numbers which are represented (approximately in some cases) as floating-point numbers. Compare irrational.
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This report provides study results and analysis for the survey questions associated with each rationale and compares responses for cloud evaluators and current users.
In conjunction with the so-called Graham factors, a party urging obviousness must show: (1) some teaching or suggestion of each and every claim limitations recited by the claims; (2) a rationale for modification or combination; (3) a reasonable expectation of success; and (4) that secondary considerations do not overcome obviousness.
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Appendix A is a handbook that provides the rationale, guidance, and lessons learned relative to each statement in Part 1.
It is an indication of just how far center-left thought has drifted from the American republican liberal tradition that Galston can allude to three rationales--individual social mobility, economic growth, and social justice--without even mentioning what has been, for generations of Americans, the primary rationale for public education: the need to produce citizens of the republic with the intellectual competence to fulfill their civic duties as voters and jurors and, if need be, as soldiers.
In recent Grant Thornton LLP surveys, three reasons were most frequently cited for acquisition failures: poor integration planning, lack of strategic rationale and weak cultural fit.
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Understand the business rationale for significant unusual transactions.
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MK: Only in the sense that I think we're living in a period in which victim culture and trauma are the rationale for everything.
With most scenarios the questions should ask students to provide a rationale for their answers.
NYT WASHINGTON Special Counsel Robert Mueller has obtained a letter that President Donald Trump and a top political aide drafted in the days before Trump fired the FBI director, James Comey, which explains the president's rationale for why he planned to dismiss the director.