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Definition the reasons for doing or believing something
  • 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 camerlegno searched his anguished mind for any kind of rationale.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • 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
  • 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
  • We now had a rationale and a cause: Justice for Miguel Robles!
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • And with it much of the justification, the rationale for science to do what it does.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Greenberg's rationale was that English was the language of the aviation world.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • 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
  • But their rationale fits perfectly with Dunbar's theories.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • The selection was scarcely based on any statistical, sociological, or scientific rationale.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • 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
  • "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
  • 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
  • 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
  • No excuse or rationale necessary.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • Luma didn't explain her rationale.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Naturally, almost to preserve my reason, I have to think of some rationale to explain her bizarre behavior.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • What was the rationale for fusing science and faith?
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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