extrarational

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

extra- +‎ rational

Adjective[edit]

extrarational (comparative more extrarational, superlative most extrarational)

  1. Above or beyond the rational.
    Imagination is an extrarational function of the brain.
    • 1852, William Fishbough, The Macrocosm and Microcosm; Or the Universe Without and the Universe Within:
      But a rational faith in such an utter inconceivability is out of the question, and an extra-rational and mere dogmatic faith, in such an idea, can not generally, if ever, be kept free from superstition, and hence, from a greater or less degree of mental degradation and slavery.
    • 1916, Hugh Northcote, Christianity and Sex Problems, page 331:
      No ethical norms, principles, precepts or theories can be referred solely to the transcendental side of theistic doctrine; for that would involve either crude anthropomorphism or the elevation of the ethical concepts into an extrarational sphere; a proceeding which would deprive them of human interest and ultimately weaken their obligation.
    • 1983, Yehezkel Dror, Public Policy Making Reexamined, page 150:
      The importance of leadership, including its extrarational policymaking functions, is even now recognized in the more contemplative literature on social affairs and in much of the action-oriented literature on administration and management.