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The fundamental reasons for something; the basis: the rationale for dropping the atomic bomb.
[Late Latin ratiōnāle, from neuter of Latin ratiōnālis, rational; see rational.]
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a reasoned exposition, esp one defining the fundamental reasons for a course of action, belief, etc
[C17: from New Latin, from Latin ratiōnālis]
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1. the fundamental reason or reasons serving to account for something.
2. a statement of reasons or principles.
[1650–60; < Latin: neuter of ratiōnālis rational]
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|Noun||1.||rationale - (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature); "the rationale for capital punishment"; "the principles of internal-combustion engines"|
explanation - thought that makes something comprehensible
dialectics - a rationale for dialectical materialism based on change through the conflict of opposing forces
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noun reason, grounds, theory, principle, philosophy, logic, motivation, exposition, raison d'être (French) the rationale for punishment
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1. What is sound or reasonable:
Idiom: rhyme or reason.
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rationale[ræʃəˈnɑːl] N → base f, fundamento m
the rationale of or behind sth → la razón fundamental de algo
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
rationale[ˌræʃəˈnæl ˌræʃəˈnɑːl] n (= reasons) → logique f
the rationale for sth → la logique de qch
the rationale behind sth → la logique derrière qch
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Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
rationale[ræʃəˈnɑːl] n → fondamento logico
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
n. razón fundamental.
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