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rationale (s) (noun), rationales (pl)
1. An significant reason or explanation for doing something: Adam said he simply didn't understand the rationale of his supervisor's motive for wanting to revise the contents of the financial report.

Mark explained to his wife the rationale of why he was retiring early from his career as a writer of novels.

2. Etymology: from Latin rationalis, "of or belonging to reason."
A logical reason.
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