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ra·tion·ale

 (răsh′ə-năl′)
n.
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.]

rationale

(ˌræʃəˈnɑːl)
n
a reasoned exposition, esp one defining the fundamental reasons for a course of action, belief, etc
[C17: from New Latin, from Latin ratiōnālis]

ra•tion•ale

(ˌræʃ əˈnæl)

n.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

rationale

noun reason, grounds, theory, principle, philosophy, logic, motivation, exposition, raison d'être (French) the rationale for punishment

rationale

noun
1. What is sound or reasonable:
Idiom: rhyme or reason.
2. A statement of causes or motives:
Translations
perusteetperustelu
ratio

rationale

[ræʃəˈnɑːl] Nbase f, fundamento m
the rationale of or behind sthla razón fundamental de algo

rationale

[ˌræʃəˈnæl ˌræʃəˈnɑːl] n (= reasons) → logique f
the rationale for sth → la logique de qch
the rationale behind sth → la logique derrière qch

rationale

nGründe pl; it lacks any rationaledas entbehrt jeglicher Begründung

rationale

[ræʃəˈnɑːl] nfondamento logico

rationale

n. razón fundamental.
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I want you to bear in mind the trend of the ground, for some time, sooner or later, we shall do well to have it in our mind's eye when we are considering the ancient traditions and superstitions, and are trying to find the RATIONALE of them.
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Calling for a sugar tax, WHO's Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity said: "Overall, the rationale for taxation measures to influence purchasing behaviours is strong and supported by the available evidence.