rational basis

rational basis

n. a test of constitutionality of a statute, asking whether the law has a reasonable connection to achieving a legitimate and constitutional objective.

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Lydgate was ambitious above all to contribute towards enlarging the scientific, rational basis of his profession.
They petitioners claimed that the "current scheduling of marijuana violates due process because it lacks a rational basis.
The lawsuit claims there is no rational basis for the distinction between the venues where medical cannabis is allowed and school property.
21 appeal, stating that the denial was arbitrary, capricious or an abuse of discretion in that it was made without rational basis.
When we started this project, we simply wanted to address the question as to whether there was any rational basis for 'hope' -- that is a rational basis to expect that human behavioral changes can sufficiently impact climate to significantly reduce future global temperatures," said NIMBioS Director Louis J.
This is the tenth of such exercise to be conducted by EAC Partner States since 2005, before it was renamed Ushirikiano Imara in 2011 and it is held on a rational basis among the EAC Partner States.
When it comes to Brexit, decisions and negotiations are based on emotive reasoning and perception, not a rational basis.
If rational basis scrutiny itself is largely uncontroversial, the same cannot be said for so-called "rational basis with bite," "rational basis with teeth," or--as I shall call it--"rational basis plus" review.
This controlled uncoupling of growth from overproduction on a rational basis will break new grounds in metabolic engineering and opens up novel applications in industrial biotechnology.
without any foundation character, the determination of the tax due is without rational basis, the Tax Court added.
He also said the parties would from Tuesday and Wednesday start the process of selecting their respective national ministerial portfolios on rational basis as provided for in the agreement.
Under well established Supreme Court precedent, the state may constitutionally regulate abortion so long as it has a rational basis to act and does not impose an undue burden.