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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 rationale behind an SOL is to afford protection to a defendant against stale claims after a significant period of time has elapsed, during which a diligent person would have accused the defendant.
The rationale: to reduce the risk of pathogens being transmitted through hand-to-mouth contact.
The rationale behind the law is that the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which controls impulse control, is still developing even into early adulthood.
The rationale behind Mr Perry’s proposal is weak; just 0.00007% of power cuts in 2012-16 were caused by problems with fuel.
Intersectional moaning aside, Dionne provides no other rationale.
So everyone has a rationale, everyone has at least some fuzzy math to set them on the great adventure of asking strangers in bait shops and strip malls for the most power in the world.
The rationale is supposed to be that the NBA is not hiding anything.
For his part, Pitino claims that each of these rationales to fire him for cause are categorically untrue and without merit.
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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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