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rationale
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1. Fundamental reasons; the basis.
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2. An exposition of principles or reasons.
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3. a reasoned exposition, esp one defining the fundamental reasons for a course of action, belief, etc
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4. He says his main rationale is that it provides justice for the victim's family.
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5. Surely, 'Laughably' would be more apt given the report's rationale (I use the term rationale loosely).
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6. Of these, the first three have more or less been OK moving to Santa Monica (well, at least the rationale is there).