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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
This precise irrational rationale is the intellectual formula of choice for budding totalitarian regimes.
What is at risk is the rationale for judicial overreaching that was created in the court’s 1965 decision, Griswold v. Connecticut.
Children are the least capable of processing the reasons and rationales behind corporal punishment, the least able to follow chains of reasoning and assign responsibility.
Though El-Erian’s rationale about why Bitcoin’s price could rise further, does seem reasonable.
The 1,355-page document release relating to Ollie includes correspondences from UConn athletic director David Benedict, UConn labor relations counsel Kelly Bannister and other UConn officials detailing the rationales for Ollie’s firing.
Judges often speak reverently of the importance of precedent, and of upholding settled law even if do not agree with its underlying rationale.
Every tax increase has its rationale and its explanation and its excuse.
Not all of Fewer’s colleagues agreed with her rationale.
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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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Definition of rationale for English Language Learners
: the reason or explanation for something
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