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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
The second danger springs from Mr Trump’s rationale.
The frustration is compounded by Trump’s national security rationale.
Quite simply, Kobach’s rationale for this law is pure fiction.
But several federal judges ruled that Trump’s rationale for ending DACA was flawed, and all existing DACA permits were ordered to be renewed.
Furthermore, state and local governments are better able to respond to local community issues, his budget rationale says.
Then again, his rationale isn’t really what’s important.
Greitens lawyers' motion to have the charge dismissed uses the same legal rationale as the request for the pardon, according to attorney Albert Watkins, who sent the pardon request on behalf of his client to one of Greitens' lawyers.
Kaine has been leading the charge for Trump to outline his legal rationale for a U.S. bombing campaign in Syria last April in response President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical attacks on civilians in that country.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of rationale
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Definition of rationale for English Language Learners
: the reason or explanation for something
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