ra·tion·ale [rash-uh-nal] (previously 06-21-13)
1. the fundamental reason or reasons serving to account for something.
2. a statement of reasons.
3. a reasoned exposition of principles.
WORDS RELATED TO RATIONALE
motivation, justification, theory, explanation, philosophy, motive, excuse, reason, hypothesis, principle, rationalization, account, exposition, story, grounds, song and dance, sour grapes, raison d'être
SYNONYMS FOR RATIONALE
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1. logic, basis, grounds.
Origin: 1650–60; < Latin: neuter of rationalis rational
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR RATIONALE
“The only plausible rationale is that they want fewer people taking tests, because as the president has said, if we don’t take tests, you won’t know the number of people who are Covid-positive,” Cuomo told The New York Times.
THE CDC’S NEW COVID-19 TESTING GUIDELINES COULD MAKE THE PANDEMIC WORSE|SARA KILEY WATSON|AUGUST 27, 2020|POPULAR SCIENCE
If Xi concludes that it’s pointless to wait for America’s anti-China politics to ebb, the rationale to strike back grows.
BUTTERFLY EFFECT: CAN XI AVOID TRUMP’S TRAP?|CHARU KASTURI|AUGUST 27, 2020|OZY
Even after decades of molecular research on the light-harvesting machinery in plants, scientists could not establish a detailed rationale for plants’ color.
WHY ARE PLANTS GREEN? TO REDUCE THE NOISE IN PHOTOSYNTHESIS.|RODRIGO PÉREZ ORTEGA|JULY 30, 2020|QUANTA MAGAZINE
The rationale for doing so centered not on an antitrust analysis, but because he did not like the nature of their underlying business.
DOES THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY HAVE A MONOPOLY PROBLEM?|JENNI AVINS|JULY 5, 2020|QUARTZ
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