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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
Eugenic arguments underlay the rationale behind the Immigration Act of 1924, scholars note.
As reported by Politico’s Nahal Toosi on Wednesday, however, his rationale for declining to spend the counter-propaganda funds Congress allocated appears to be different.
On the occasion of yet another chunk of international signing bonus slots being traded by the Orioles, executive vice president Dan Duquette explained the rationale behind the team's frequent deals with them.
The rationale of cutting costs makes no sense either.
And that, in turn, would deprive Trump’s earliest and most vocal supporters of their rationale for supporting his presidency.
So, while, yes, shampooing with CeraVe is generally safe to use, Sadick says there's no real rationale for the 'poo switch-up.
Lombardi said that trio has been helping him learn MSU’s concepts and the rationale behind them.
But another rationale is also clear: The wisdom of keeping director-choreographer Josh Rhodes in the Globe fold.
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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
Definition of rationale for English Language Learners
: the reason or explanation for something
RATIONALE Defined for Kids
Definition of rationale for Students
- What is the rationale behind your decision?
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