- to ascribe (one's acts, opinions, etc.) to causes that superficially seem reasonable and valid but that actually are unrelated to the true, possibly unconscious and often less creditable or agreeable causes.
- to remove unreasonable elements from.
- to make rational or conformable to reason.
- to treat or explain in a rational or rationalistic manner.
- Mathematics. to eliminate radicals from (an equation or expression): to rationalize the denominator of a fraction.
- Chiefly British. to reorganize and integrate (an industry).
Origin of rationalize
Related Words for rationalizejustify, resolve, excise, vindicate, deliberate, elucidate, extenuate, excuse, reason, think, reconcile, intellectualize
Examples from the Web for rationalize
Contemporary Examples of rationalize
Because as an actor, you have to rationalize his decisions constantly.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’
December 4, 2014
Let us not rationalize or attempt to justify an expulsion that in our hearts we know is wrong.Why I Joined 775 Rabbinic Colleagues in Opposing the Dispossession of Bedouin Israelis
Rabbi Gilah Langner
November 6, 2013
Rather than rationalize the tax code, or reform entitlements, the government has taken a cleaver to discretionary spending.A Debt Deal Won’t Save Us
October 15, 2013
They rationalize away the facts, defend their position, and actually become more fervent.Sorry, Evangelicals, Syria Will Not Spur the Second Coming
September 5, 2013
Asked by his interviewer, Chemi Shalev, about anti-Muslim discimination, Foxman sought to rationalize it.Abe Foxman Rationalizes Blanket Spying On American Muslims
April 29, 2013
Historical Examples of rationalize
The end result is that one can only rationalize about his behavior.A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis
I only knew what I was; nor could I rationalize on why I had become this way.Each Man Kills
Sitting in his living room, Raul tried to rationalize his own actions.When the Owl Cries
I cleared my mind and tried to rationalize the things around us.The Beasts in the Void
Paul W. Fairman
I can't imagine how his mind works to rationalize for his behavior.Jack of No Trades
- to justify (one's actions, esp discreditable actions, or beliefs) with plausible reasons, esp after the event
- psychol to indulge, often unchallenged, in excuses for or explanations of (behaviour about which one feels uncomfortable or guilty)
- to apply logic or reason to (something)
- to eliminate unnecessary equipment, personnel, or processes from (a group of businesses, factory, etc), in order to make it more efficient
- (tr) maths to eliminate one or more radicals without changing the value of (an expression) or the roots of (an equation)
Word Origin and History for rationalize
- To make rational.
- To devise self-satisfying but false or inconsistent reasons for one's behavior, especially as an unconscious defense mechanism through which irrational acts or feelings are made to appear rational to oneself.