pronunciation: rae shə nael
part of speech: noun
definition 1. a fundamental reason for doing or being; basis.
example: The attack on the naval base provided the rationale for going to war.
definition 2. an argument, statement, or sequence of logical steps amounting to an explanation or justification.
example: Is there a rationale for this law?
Collocations: Words that frequently occur in combination with rationale
VERB + a/the rationale: provide ~, offer ~, present ~, explain ~
rationale + PREPOSITION: ~ for, ~ behind
Usage Note: The use of “rationale for” is 15 times more common in American English texts than “rationale behind,” and is usually the best choice.