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explain her rationale for proposing the legislation
  the reasons for doing or believing something
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  • explain her rationale for proposing the legislation
  • ...an intellectually rigorous and morally lucid speech that balanced the rationale for going to war against the need to build a more peaceful and equitable world.
    Joe Klein  --  Time, 2009  --  http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2009/12/10/a-noble-lecture/(retrieved 01/14/10)
  • Is your rationale for the death penalty based on deterrence and/or revenge/justice?
  • The following areas of concern were considered in reaching this decision: The demeanor of the witness; the opportunity of the witness to have knowledge of the facts which he testified to at trial; the rationale, as stated by the witness for his testimony at the first trial; the rationale, as stated by the defendant, for his recantation; the evidence of external pressures brought to bear on the witness prior to and after both trial and recantation; the actions of the witness that lend…
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • The probable fact of this further emboldened me, and as I went around the camp in search of the doctor I felt more determined than ever to withstand whatever insult he might level at me, and somehow influence him to agree to my sole stewardship of "the girl" under some obscure technical or medical rationale.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • But I know Henri’s rationale: it is impossible for them to go unnoticed as well.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Marie-Laure LeBlanc manages a small laboratory at the Museum of Natural History in Paris and has contributed in significant ways to the study and literature of mollusks: a monograph on the evolutionary rationale for the folds in West African cancellate nutmeg shells; an often-cited paper on the sexual dimorphism of Caribbean volutes.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Naturally, almost to preserve my reason, I have to think of some rationale to explain her bizarre behavior.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Luma didn’t explain her rationale.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Greenberg’s rationale was that English was the language of the aviation world.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers

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  • What was the rationale for fusing science and faith?
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • And with it much of the justification, the rationale for science to do what it does.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • This was her rationale for all the embroidery floss, pinking shears, and so on that we toted (secretly or otherwise) across the Atlantic.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • "But …." The camerlegno searched his anguished mind for any kind of rationale.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • She had no idea what her mother’s rationale for this was-unless it was that it was safer for Josie to be doing this in her own living room than in a car or under the bleachers.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • But their rationale fits perfectly with Dunbar’s theories.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • From this incident the rationale of the war will be increasingly called into question by Akhilleus, most strikingly in the ninth book of The Iliad.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • And perhaps this is the rationale of all risky sports: You deliberately raise the ante of effort and concentration in order, as it were, to clear your mind of trivialities.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • We now had a rationale and a cause: Justice for Miguel Robles!
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • He ended up building all those convoluted rationales for lofty ambition, saying he needed to go to a famous college, a place everyone had heard of, to justify all of his painful sacrifices.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Their bureaucratic rationale dumbfounded the Marine general: "due to limitations on the availability of ships, difficulties of ammunition replacement, and the loss of surprise."
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • She hesitated, conscious that in answering she would be offering a form of defense, a rationale, and that it might enrage him further.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • As a form of protest, they did not have a high success rate and the rationale behind them always struck me as quixotic.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • She wondered whether she was simply going along with Art’s rationale, as she had with so many aspects of their relationship.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • I have said enough to convince you that ciphers of this nature are readily soluble, and to give you some insight into the rationale of their development.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • That is the rationale of the system of charging which has hitherto obtained; and nothing is more offensive than this ostentation of reform, where there is no real amelioration.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • I had five—my rationale being that my body, up until three weeks ago, wasn’t worth much more than being a canvas for my art; plus the threat of getting AIDS from a dirty needle was obviously a moot point.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • No excuse or rationale necessary.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • The selection was scarcely based on any statistical, sociological, or scientific rationale.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • He talked to himself to make sure that he remembered his reasoning, to try to avoid too easy a rationale, and for encouragement.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • The rationale was democratic, to make their town government more accessible to the nine hundred residents, few of whom spoke English, including the mayor himself.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • For selfish reasons, Eragon disliked the king’s edict, but he could understand the rationale behind it; the fight would hardly have been fair otherwise.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • But as this Sunday morning descends further and further into chaos, it becomes almost impossible to remember the rationale that has defined their rivalry for so long.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Their rationale is that we don’t have a world government, but the truth is, the Glatun military is so stretched they couldn’t support a guarantee, anyway.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • One rationale for seeking more female politicians is that women supposedly excel in empathy and forging consensus and thus may make, on average, more peaceful and conciliatory leaders than men.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • "That’s just the rationale, as the French say, of the matter; and so I was telling Mabel, when she ran away and left me.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Her grandfather’s rationale for including him was now clear.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • But I understood Hall’s rationale, so I kept a tight lid on my anger.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The fact was, there was an obvious rationale for any politician in Clarkston to side with locals over refugees.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • The generally accepted rationale given for them not previously trying to wipe out the human race and just occupy the planet was that it was easier to just exact tribute from us.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • There is no rationale for a small out-of-town printer to hire Milton Security for twenty-four-hour surveillance.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • It would be years before I read of the atrocities the Japanese military machine had perpetrated on millions of people; years before I discovered that the "self-defense" rationale I was spouting off about had been rejected by the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal as bogus.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • …considered in reaching this decision: The demeanor of the witness; the opportunity of the witness to have knowledge of the facts which he testified to at trial; the rationale, as stated by the witness for his testimony at the first trial; the rationale, as stated by the defendant, for his recantation; the evidence of external pressures brought to bear on the witness prior to and after both trial and recantation; the actions of the witness that lend credence to his trial testimony and…
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
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Associated words [difficulty]:   rationale [5] , irrational [1] , rational [1] , rationalize [4]
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