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."

Definitions of rationalization
  1. noun
    the cognitive process of making something seem consistent with or based on reason
    synonyms: rationalisation
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    types:
    raison d'etre
    reason for being
    type of:
    explanation
    thought that makes something comprehensible
  2. noun
    (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
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    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
  3. noun
    systematic organization; the act of organizing something according to a system or a rationale
    synonyms: rationalisation, systematisation, systematization
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    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
  4. noun
    the organization of a business according to scientific principles of management in order to increase efficiency
    synonyms: rationalisation
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    type of:
    organisation, organization
    the act of organizing a business or an activity related to a business
  5. noun
    (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
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    type of:
    simplification
    elimination of superfluous details
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