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rationale

[rash-uh-nal] /ˌræʃ əˈnæl/
noun
1.
the fundamental reason or reasons serving to account for something.
2.
a statement of reasons.
3.
a reasoned exposition of principles.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin: neuter of ratiōnālis rational
Synonyms
1. logic, basis, grounds.
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rationale

/ˌræʃəˈnɑːl/
noun
1.
a reasoned exposition, esp one defining the fundamental reasons for a course of action, belief, etc
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin, from Latin ratiōnālis
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rationale

n.

1650s, "exposition of principles," from Late Latin rationale, noun use of neuter of Latin rationalis "of reason" (see rational). Hence, "fundamental reason" (1680s).

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