Rational or Rationale?
Rational or Rationale?What is the difference between "rational" and "rationale?"
"Rational" is an adjective that means well reasoned or logical. For example:
- That was a rational decision.
- What was the rationale for your decision?
More about "Rational" and "Rationale"Occasionally, there is confusion over the words "rational" and "rationale."
RationalThe word "rational" is an adjective that describes something based on reason or logic. It is often seen in the phrases "rational thinking" and "rational decision."
- Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.
- I've always believed in the power of rational thinking.
RationaleThe word "rationale" is a noun that refers to the set of reasons behind a course of action or belief.
- I think a legitimate rationale for war is the saving of human life.
- In searching for a rationale to go to war, Bush settled on the notion of Saddam as an incarnation of evil.