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.
Examples from the Web for 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’|Marlow Stern|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Rather than rationalize the tax code, or reform entitlements, the government has taken a cleaver to discretionary spending.
They rationalize away the facts, defend their position, and actually become more fervent.Sorry, Evangelicals, Syria Will Not Spur the Second Coming|Candida Moss|September 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Asked by his interviewer, Chemi Shalev, about anti-Muslim discimination, Foxman sought to rationalize it.Abe Foxman Rationalizes Blanket Spying On American Muslims|Ali Gharib|April 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Its only mission is to justify- 60 - and rationalize as far as possible the iniquitous and absurd.God and the State|Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin
He gave it up finally; how could any Earthman rationalize the outlandish compulsions that actuated so alien a race?The Anglers of Arz|Roger Phillips Dee
In spite of reason we are compelled to think with life, and in spite of life we are compelled to rationalize thought.Tragic Sense Of Life|Miguel de Unamuno
And in categories of formal logic he sought to rationalize every matter apprehended by his mind.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
Sitting in his living room, Raul tried to rationalize his own actions.When the Owl Cries|Paul Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for rationalize
Word Origin and History for rationalize
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.