[ US /ˌɹæʃəˈnæɫ/ ]
[ UK /ɹˌæʃənˈæl/ ]
  1. (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature)
    the principles of internal-combustion engines
    the rationale for capital punishment
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How To Use rationale In A Sentence

  • The literature on rationale effects provided a good deal of support for the general position that undesirable behaviors can often be suppressed without resorting to punishment. Advanced Educational Psychology For Educators, Researchers and Policymakers,
  • The criticisms of the law, and the absence of any satisfactory rationale justifies this course.
  • Superficially, the rationale of the style would seem to be its conjuncture of sensitivity and showmanship.
  • But it actually is ushering in a new rationale for the media's scandal mongering.
  • But the extended prayer in unison is a metallic Procrusteanism, which absolutely defies the rationale of the whole business, which is the communication of meaning. Leap Year -- Day
  • Of these, the first three have more or less been OK moving to Santa Monica (well, at least the rationale is there). Archive 2005-07-01
  • One can understand the rationale behind all of this. Times, Sunday Times
  • The second exception comes into play if the rationale underlying the patent holder's argument bears only a tangential relation to the equivalent.
  • The booklet reflected the philosophy behind this managerial approach by showing the economic rationale behind subcontracting.
  • Background/rationale: One of the most important changes to managed care payments in the BBA was the required implementation of risk adjustment. Presidential Plan To Modernize And Strengthen Medicare A
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