rationalisation

Primary Meanings of rationalisation

1.
n
the cognitive process of making something seem consistent with or based on reason
2.
n
systematic organization; the act of organizing something according to a system or a rationale
3.
n
(mathematics) the simplification of an expression or equation by eliminating radicals without changing the value of the expression or the roots of the equation
Full Definitions of rationalisation
1

n the cognitive process of making something seem consistent with or based on reason

Synonyms:
rationalization
Types:
raison d'etre
reason for being
Type of:
explanation
thought that makes something comprehensible

n (psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your true motivation is concealed by explaining your actions and feelings in a way that is not threatening

Synonyms:
rationalization
Type of:
defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction
(psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
2

n systematic organization; the act of organizing something according to a system or a rationale

Synonyms:
rationalization, systematisation, systematization
Types:
codification
the act of codifying; arranging in a systematic order
formalisation, formalization
the act of making formal (as by stating formal rules governing classes of expressions)
Type of:
organisation, organization
the activity or result of distributing or disposing persons or things properly or methodically

n the organization of a business according to scientific principles of management in order to increase efficiency

Synonyms:
rationalization
Type of:
organisation, organization
the act of organizing a business or an activity related to a business
3

n (mathematics) the simplification of an expression or equation by eliminating radicals without changing the value of the expression or the roots of the equation

Synonyms:
rationalization
Type of:
simplification
elimination of superfluous details

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a life-long learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.