Definition of animal rationale in US English:

animal rationale

noun

  • Man distinguished from other animals as a thinking and reasoning creature.

Origin

Late Middle English. From post-classical Latin animal rationale (early 3rd cent. in Tertullian) from classical Latin animal + ratiōnāle, neuter of ratiōnālis; compare Seneca Epistulae 41. 8 rationale…animal est homo ‘man is a rational animal’.

Pronunciation

animal rationale

/ˈanɪmal raʃəˈnɑːli/