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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
Bishops across Canada have offered a number of rationales for the pope’s decision.
Part of the rationale of the deal centers on the companies’ complementary footprints; with Marathon in the East and Andeavor in the West, regulatory approval could be easier to win.
Much of the rationale centered on boosting turnout, though some officials pitched it as a way to cut costs.
When the contract was awarded, Jean-Louis Billon, the country’s commerce minister, attacked his own government because Bolloré already ran the first terminal and part of the rationale for expanding the port was to promote competition.
Moscow, meanwhile, has said that the devastation in Douma was faked by foreign intelligence agencies looking for a rationale to attack Syria.
The rationale has been that by unlocking a rural woman’s entrepreneurial spirit – helping her, for example, to not just tend her field but to sell her own produce – the woman’s entire family will receive a boost.
Richardson's staff offers a variety of rationales for the move: potential threats to his safety; efficiency; and his role as second in command to the governor, ready to take over at a moment's notice.
Part of the rationale for the move of the logistics unit to near Sky Harbor includes a desire to be closer to Arizona State University and its stream of new graduates, said Brennan.
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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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