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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
In fact, there was no genuine rationale for cutting taxes at this time.
Here's the rationale: From 2009 to 2016, CAC gave $4 million in grants to 161 artists through the Creative Workforce Fellowship, administered by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, or CPAC.
The rationale was to keep players mentally sharp for the second half.
The rationale for going on permanent daylight saving time is that longer daylight hours in Florida's pleasant winter would benefit the tourism industry, restaurants, as well as the state's beaches and theme parks.
The rationale was that if such a move was not made, given rising costs and all the other reasons employers cite to cut their payroll, all tours would use nonunion talent.
The rationale was it was somehow needed in order for the wound to heal.
Light rail is usually associated with vibrant, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods full of shops, restaurants, and residences – that’s part of the rationale for investing in transit.
With both of these rationales in mind, the internet has spent Wednesday morning talking about photos taken of Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes, holding hands while walking on the beach over Labor Day Weekend.
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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.
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