rationale


ra·tio·nale

noun \ˌra-shə-ˈnal\

: the reason or explanation for something

Full Definition of RATIONALE

1
:  an explanation of controlling principles of opinion, belief, practice, or phenomena
2
:  an underlying reason :  basis

Examples of RATIONALE

  1. <the rationale for starting the school day an hour later is that kids will supposedly get an extra hour of sleep>

Origin of RATIONALE

Latin, neuter of rationalis
First Known Use: 1657

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