Meaning of “rationale” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “rationale” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rationale" in American English

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rationalenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌræʃ·əˈnæl/

the reasons or intentions for a particular set of thoughts or actions:

[ C ] I don’t understand your rationale.

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"rationale" in Business English

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rationalenoun [ C, usually singular ]

uk /ˌræʃəˈnɑːl/ us /ˌræʃəˈnæl/

the set of reasons that are given to explain a particular decision, action, etc.:

We have spoken to shareholders to explain the rationale behind our bid.
the rationale for sth/doing sth This data can be abused by insurance companies seeking any rationale for charging higher rates.

(Definition of “rationale” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)