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rationale

noun ra·tio·nale \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
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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
RATIONALE Defined for Kids

rationale

noun ra·tio·nale \ˌra-shə-ˈnal\

Definition of RATIONALE for Kids

:  a basic explanation or reason for something <What is the rationale behind your decision?>

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