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Rationale   /rˌæʃənˈæl/   Listen

(law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature).  Synonym: principle.  "The principles of internal-combustion engines"

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"Rationale" Quotes from Famous Books

... the Person and sufferings of Christ. The next article was a series of extracts from the minutes of German Synods; and here the Brethren showed what they meant by such phrases as "Sinnership" and "Blood and Wounds Theology." But the cream of the volume was Zinzendorf's treatise, "The Rationale of the Brethren's Liturgies." He explained why the Brethren spoke so freely on certain moral matters, and contended that while they had sometimes used language which prudish people might condemn as indecent, they had done so from the loftiest motives, and ...
— History of the Moravian Church • J. E. Hutton

... these my confessions, that I, who a moment before, would have given my best chance of promotion, to be able to pull in my horse, would now have "pledged my dukedom" to be able to give Sir Roger one cut of the whip unobserved. I leave it to the wise to decipher the rationale, but such is the fact. It was complete steeple-chasing, ...
— The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Vol. 1 • Charles James Lever

... soldier business he is punctual, assiduous; having an interest to shine that way. And is, in fact, approvable as a practical officer and soldier, by the strictest judge then living. Reads on soldiering withal; studious to know the rationale of it, the ancient and modern methods of it, the essential from the unessential in it; to understand it thoroughly,—which he got to do. One already hears of conferences, correspondences, with the Old Dessauer on this head: "Account ...
— History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. IX. (of XXI.) • Thomas Carlyle

Words linked to "Rationale" :   principle, ratiocinate, law, explanation, jurisprudence, dialectics

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