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.




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