- the fundamental reason or reasons serving to account for something.
- a statement of reasons.
- a reasoned exposition of principles.
Origin of rationale
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Examples from the Web for rationale
But fishing for rationale in harassment is almost always a waste of time.A Female Writer’s New Milestone: Her First Death Threat
December 1, 2014
The rationale in those cases, he said, is that DNA should be used to identify the assailant.How the U.S. Ended Up With 400,000 Untested Rape Kits
September 23, 2014
What was your rationale behind ending Rilo Kiley and moving on to the next phase of your career?Jenny Lewis on 'The Voyager,' the End of Rilo Kiley, and High School Classmate Angelina Jolie
August 17, 2014
The rationale for the 5,000-mile transfer seems to be two-fold.Emory Will Wage High-Tech War on Ebola
August 1, 2014
Minnesota cited the risk of “hormone disruption” from triclosan as the rationale for its action.Antibacterial Soap’s Deadly Secret
May 21, 2014
I leave it to the wise to decipher the rationale, but such is the fact.The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete
Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
Yet I could contact no other rationale around me as far away as I could probe.
"Marls appear to exist as rationale and emotion," I reasoned.
Is it not possible to forget the fact too much in discussing the rationale of the process?Strong Souls
Throughout the book the order of presentation is the experiment, rationale, and remarks.James Cutbush
Edgar F. Smith
- a reasoned exposition, esp one defining the fundamental reasons for a course of action, belief, etc
Word Origin and History for rationale
1650s, "exposition of principles," from Late Latin rationale, noun use of neuter of Latin rationalis "of reason" (see rational). Hence, "fundamental reason" (1680s).