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Examples of rationale in a Sentence
the rationale for starting the school day an hour later is that kids will supposedly get an extra hour of sleep
Recent Examples of rationale from the Web
That rationale appeared to be maintained for centuries, based on Englishman Edward Browne's 1668 observation that people attended executions to collect the blood of the victims.
The motive of the crime remains unclear, but a spokesman from the Pew Research Center provided a range of possible rationales for savagely beating a harmless middle-aged accountant.
Teams had five hours to create a plan and present their rationale to a large audience and panel of judges.
China’s foreign-exchange regulator, Pan Gongsheng, explained the rationale at a closed-door event in July attended by European business executives, according to people who attended.
Yet those same people seem culturally and politically intent on holding their tribal identity in front of themselves and use it to distinguish their separateness and rationale for rejecting unity.
As well, the longtime rationale that moving to daylight saving time saves energy, particularly electricity because of the decreased need for lights in the evening, has also been debunked by some studies.
But certainly one rationale, analysts say, would be to increase the combined companies’ real estate on smartphones — and perhaps a more secure position in that crucial industry.
This, of course, undermines entirely the rationale for Roberts's decision, which wasn't exactly solid in the first place.
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The word rationale appeared in the second half of the 17th century, just in time for the Age of Reason. It is based on the Latin ratio, which means "reason," and rationalis, which means "endowed with reason." At first, rationale meant "an explanation of controlling principles" ("a rationale of religious practices," for example), but soon it began to refer to the underlying reason for something (as in "the rationale for her behavior"). The latter meaning is now the most common use of the term. The English word ratio can also mean "underlying reason" (in fact, it had this meaning before rationale did), but in current use, that word more often refers to the relationship (in number, quantity, or degree) between things.
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