What does the word rationale mean?

Usage examples for 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 by R. Heber Newton
  2. The instability thus variously illustrated becomes still more manifest if we consider its rationale. – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by 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 by Calvin Thomas