What is a word that means "Reason to leave"?

For example, if I said, "That was my reason to leave," how could I replace "reason to leave" with a single word?

Thank you!

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    As far as I know there is no single word that means exactly reason to leave. English doesn't have a single word for every concept imaginable; it often relies on combinations of words to describe specific ideas. You could say, "That was my reason." and rely on context to supply the what. I think a native speaker would typically just say, "That's why I left." – Jim Dec 14 '14 at 4:55
  • "Excuse" can be used depending on the context. – 0.. Dec 15 '14 at 0:17
  • It's popular to say 'exit strategy', but that's two words. – Gayot Fow Dec 15 '14 at 4:42

You could take in the context of leaving and say, "That was my rationale."

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  • That doesn't really express it in one word. It's replacing reason with rationale. – Matt E. Эллен Dec 15 '14 at 11:27

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