rationalization

Rationalization means organizing something into a logically coherent system. Factory organization is often rationalized to make it as efficient as possible.

Sometimes rationalization means a way someone justifies their action. You might take the last piece of chocolate cake because, gosh darn it, you wanted it, but you justify it with the rationalization that "it was just going to go to waste."

Primary Meanings of rationalization

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 rationalization
1

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

Synonyms:
rationalisation
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:
rationalisation
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:
rationalisation, 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:
rationalisation
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:
rationalisation
Type of:
simplification
elimination of superfluous details

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