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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

An explanation for something. The fundamental reason or reasons serving to account for something.

Usage examples (39)
  • Aristotle's geographical speculations anticipated by almost two thousand years the rationale behind Columbus' voyage.
  • The rationale for capital punishment
  • He says his main rationale is that it provides justice for the victim's family.
  • Surely, 'Laughably' would be more apt given the report's rationale (I use the term rationale loosely). for more
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