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.
THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?
usage note for rationalize
OTHER WORDS FROM rationalize
Words nearby rationalize
Example sentences from the Web for rationalize
It might be rationalized as a decision made by a consciously aware species, but it could also be seen as a direct, mechanistic extension of the efficacy of gene exchange and sexual reproduction in perpetuating the phenomenon of life.How Life Could Continue to Evolve - Issue 88: Love & Sex|Caleb Scharf|August 12, 2020|Nautilus
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