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v. ra·tion·al·ized, ra·tion·al·iz·ing, ra·tion·al·iz·es
1. To explain rationally: "Philosophy ... is essentially the endeavor of the human mind to rationalize the universe" (Francis E. Abbot).
a. To attempt to justify (one's behavior) by providing reasons that obscure one's actual motives: rationalized cheating on his taxes as being a form of political protest.
b. To dismiss or minimize the significance of (something) by means of an explanation or excuse: "He could not rationalize the loss of some thirty thousand American lives in an unsuccessful war" (Robert Dallek).
a. To make (a business or process, for example) more efficient, as by reducing costs or introducing modern methods.
b. To terminate the employment of (workers) in an effort to improve efficiency.
4. Mathematics To remove radicals, such as from a denominator, without changing the value of (an expression) or roots of (an equation).
1. To think in a rational or rationalistic way.
2. To rationalize one's behavior.
1. to justify (one's actions, esp discreditable actions, or beliefs) with plausible reasons, esp after the event
2. (Psychology) psychol to indulge, often unchallenged, in excuses for or explanations of (behaviour about which one feels uncomfortable or guilty)
3. to apply logic or reason to (something)
4. (Commerce) to eliminate unnecessary equipment, personnel, or processes from (a group of businesses, factory, etc), in order to make it more efficient
5. (Mathematics) (tr) maths to eliminate one or more radicals without changing the value of (an expression) or the roots of (an equation)
ˌrationaliˈzation, ˌrationaliˈsation n
ˈrationalˌizer, ˈrationalˌiser n
ra•tion•al•ize(ˈræʃ ə nlˌaɪz, ˈræʃ nl-)
v. -ized, -iz•ing. v.t.
1. to ascribe (one's actions) to causes that seem reasonable but do not reflect true, unconscious, or less creditable causes.
2. to make conformable to reason.
3. Math. to eliminate radicals from (an equation or expression): to rationalize the denominator of a fraction.v.i.
4. to invent plausible explanations for actions that are actually based on less acceptable causes.
5. to employ reason.
Past participle: rationalized
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|Verb||1.||rationalize - defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"|
plead - offer as an excuse or plea; "She was pleading insanity"
|2.||rationalize - weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"|
|3.||rationalize - structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results; "We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits"|
|4.||rationalize - think rationally; employ logic or reason; "When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize"|
|5.||rationalize - remove irrational quantities from; "This function can be rationalized"|
math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
1. justify, excuse, account for, vindicate, explain away, make allowance for, make excuses for, extenuate It's easy to rationalize gambling.
2. reason out, resolve, think through, elucidate, apply logic to an attempt to rationalize my feelings