Meaning of RATIONALE in English


|rashə|nal sometimes -näl or -nȧl or ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ē or ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈnālē or -li noun

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Etymology: Latin, neuter of rationalis rational — more at rational

1. : an explanation or exposition of controlling principles (as of an opinion, belief, practice, or phenomenon)

the rationale of the decision in the case — J.D.Johnson

the most popular rationale of religious behavior — J.D.Hart

a rationale of present practice in probation and parole — Columbia University Press Books

a rationale of retail prices — C.G.Burke

2. : the underlying reason : rational basis : justification , ground

the rationale of the law — Walter Adams

a plausible … rationale for conformity — W.H.Whyte

no rationale underlying the new therapeutic approach can be offered at this early stage — Journal American Medical Association

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.