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RATIONALE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rationale mean? 

RATIONALE (noun)
  The noun RATIONALE has 1 sense:

1. (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature)

  Familiarity information: RATIONALE used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


RATIONALE (noun)


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Meaning:

(law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

rationale; principle

Context examples:

the rationale for capital punishment / the principles of internal-combustion engines

Hypernyms ("rationale" is a kind of...):

explanation (thought that makes something comprehensible)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "rationale"):

dialectics (a rationale for dialectical materialism based on change through the conflict of opposing forces)


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