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  • A set of reasons or a logical basis for a course of action or a particular belief.

    ‘he explained the rationale behind the change’
    • ‘Diplomatically, the American is happy to explain the rationale behind his attitude this year.’
    • ‘Here, its chair and previous vice chair explain the rationale behind the decisions’
    • ‘But other reasons and rationales exist for adopting and strengthening an historical perspective.’
    • ‘There may be rationales for such beliefs, but the weight of the evidence I've seen does not convince me.’
    • ‘There are several reasons and rationales for guaranteeing the freedom of expression.’
    • ‘A fair process requires publicity about the reasons and rationales that play a part in decisions.’
    • ‘Apparently there is a rationale behind postfeminism that does have a feminist basis.’
    • ‘They could come back with their list and the rationale behind it for publication on Webdiary.’
    • ‘It's the same rationale that lurks behind the ridiculous colour-coded terror alert level.’
    • ‘What was the rationale behind the ludicrous decision to cutback on these schemes?’
    • ‘I can never understand the rationale behind some of the things that women do these days.’
    • ‘The rationale behind protecting the head is to escape from the vertical heat rays.’
    • ‘The rationale behind Early Intervention was no more than blindingly obvious common sense.’
    • ‘To understand the rationale behind this gamble, you need to be here in New Zealand.’
    • ‘Yet, in that familiar paradox Freud makes his own, our drives have their own ineluctable logics and rationales.’
    • ‘Still it is very interesting to see all the various excuses and rationales in one place.’
    • ‘One of the soldiers responsible for this act of blatant provocation explained the rationale.’
    • ‘It is one of the rationales behind the law of trespass.’
    • ‘Those differences and the rationales behind them will be discussed below.’
    • ‘Economic theory provides numerous rationales for government involvement in health.’
    reason, reasons, reasoning, thinking, basis, logical basis, logic, grounds, sense
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/ˌraSHəˈnal/ /ˌræʃəˈnæl/


Mid 17th century modern Latin, neuter (used as a noun) of Latin rationalis ‘endowed with reason’ (see rational).