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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 motive of the crime remains unclear, but a spokesman from the Pew Research Center provided a range of possible rationales for savagely beating a harmless middle-aged accountant.
Teams had five hours to create a plan and present their rationale to a large audience and panel of judges.
That rationale appeared to be maintained for centuries, based on Englishman Edward Browne's 1668 observation that people attended executions to collect the blood of the victims.
The key to this one is making sure that your rationale for saying no is a legitimate one.
Dunford's rationale was that the U.S. presence in Syria stemmed from its fight against al-Qaida and the Islamic State under that law, and that the jet had been menacing a rebel militia the United States was supporting.
Mosseri responded on Twitter and followed up with a blog post that partially explained their rationale.
Game managers sometimes fall back on a third rationale: People simply want to shoot wolves, and that is reason enough for a hunting season.
McCain once again cited a lack of regular order as his rationale for opposing Graham-Cassidy.
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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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