rationale

  

Definition

Explanation of the logical reasons or principles employed in consciously arriving at a decision or estimate. Rationales usually document (1) why a particular choice was made, (2) how the basis of its selection was developed, (3) why and how the particular information or assumptions were relied on, and (4) why the conclusion is deemed credible or realistic.

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  • Before granting the employee a rise, her supervisor asked her to explain her rationale behind wanting a raise.

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