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Synonyms for rationale
ˌræʃ əˈnælra·tio·nale

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  1. rationalenoun

    an explanation of the basis or fundamental reasons for something

    reasoningNoun, rationalization

  2. rationalenoun

    a justification or rationalization for something


Princeton's WordNet

  1. rationale, principlenoun

    (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"

    precept, rule, principle

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. rationalenoun

    reason, cause, theory, exposition, the why and the wherefore, the reason why, theoretical explanation, theoretical solution

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. rationalenoun

    explanation, exposition, reason

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  1. Brett Kavanaugh:

    The rationale for candidate contribution limits is that they prevent corruption -- if Brett Kavanaugh were to oppose contribution limits, Brett Kavanaugh would be willing to open the door to massive corruption of our elected officials.

  2. Jamie Raskin:

    The rationale for empowering the committees to hold people in contempt is we will be able to save floor time for prescription drug reform and health care and the Equality Act and the Dream Act, so we will be able to both play offense on public policy while we're defending the Constitution.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    Organisations find no rationale to increase the salary of the employees, but get often reasons to deduct some amount from it under one or the other pretext.

  4. Robert Redfield:

    I want to make it very clear that what is not the intent of CDC's guidelines is to be used as a rationale to keep schools closed, it would be personally very disappointing to me, and, I know, my agency, if we saw that individuals were using these guidelines as a rationale for not reopening our schools.

  5. Teesta Setalvad:

    We are very, very surprised and shocked by this, so we don't understand the rationale behind this entire operation, except to completely humiliate us. We believe this is politically directed.

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