verb (used with object), ra·tion·al·ized, ra·tion·al·iz·ing.
verb (used without object), ra·tion·al·ized, ra·tion·al·iz·ing.
Origin of rationalize
Examples from the Web for rationalization
No, this is a victory for corporate greed digging its claws into whatever façade of a rationalization it can get within its grasp.
At the same time, there are those who ricochet between denial and rationalization.
But that sort of rationalization may be better tackled by psychologists than the justices of the Supreme Court.
But the scapegoat is convenient—and the rationalization is complacent.
Today she has a much different perspective, calling that decision many years ago “all justification and rationalization.”Rapists, Beware: Detroit Prosecutor IDs 21 Attackers in ‘Rape Kit’ Investigation|Abigail Pesta|August 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
You can become entangled with rationalization so easily when you want the facts to fit a particular theory.A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis|Melvin Powers
Awareness gives rise to reason, reason gives rise to rationalization.Eight Keys to Eden|Mark Irvin Clifton
Keep going and tell me what your rationalization and thinking was at that time.Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Juristically this seems to be a rationalization of the Roman innominate contract.An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law|Roscoe Pound
All their early efforts at rationalization failed to excuse the needless hunger, the mass arrests, the arbitrary executions.Emma Goldman|Charles A. Madison
Of the three works now on our table, the two which we have placed first have these laudable objects in view; an improvement on the former versions of the Psalms as compositions, and the rationalization, if we may so speak, of our Church psalmody. ["The British Critic," London, Jan.-June 1825]
1767, "explain in a rational way, make conformable to reason," from rational + -ize. In the psychological sense of "to give an explanation that conceals true motives" it dates from 1922. Related: Rationalized; rationalizing.