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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
Senior White House officials offered a different rationale for his firing that was based more on a damaging report about Shulkin's use of government funds on a trip to Europe released last month than on a dispute over policy.
Over time, his rationale has shifted from antitrust to internet taxes to postal shipping rates.
His rationale is revenge, alleging that our side unleashed a swine flu pandemic that decimated their Earth, killing over half a billion people.
Their rationale is much the same as mine here: To make a pedestrian zone of respite.
Their rationale: Most of the great companies in the tech industry, including long-term leaders like Microsoft, Intel, and Apple, were run by a founder for a long period of time.
While safety gets a mention, the order cites economic development as its primary rationale.
That policy, the rationale for which Apple officials would not discuss, ensures that Apple will not have to compete with others to make bulk sales to schools.
There is no legal rationale for such prior restraint.
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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
First Known Use: 1657See Words from the same year
RATIONALE Defined for English Language Learners
: the reason or explanation for something
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