Part of speech: noun

A rational exposition of principles.

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Usage examples "rationale":

  1. The whole rationale of sacerdotalism is exploded by this simple common sense principle; and we see in its light the significance of Paul's impatient sweeping away of the Law; of the entire ignoring of the sacrifice and the priesthood in the life and teaching of Jesus himself. - "The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible", R. Heber Newton.
  2. The instability thus variously illustrated becomes still more manifest if we consider its rationale. - "Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I", Herbert Spencer.
  3. In the totality of her manifestations you hope to find the rationale of the individual.... - "The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller", Calvin Thomas.