rationalize

Rationalize means to justify by developing a rationale, or a set of reasons for something. You could rationalize cutting school, saying your classes are boring, but you are still doing what you shouldn't be doing.

Rationalize can also mean reorganizing along rational lines––a watchmaker's shop might be set up in a totally illogical way that made sense only to the old owner, whose children will rationalize the shop's organization once the old man dies.

Primary Meanings of rationalize

1.
v
think rationally; employ logic or reason
2.
v
remove irrational quantities from
Full Definitions of rationalize
1

v think rationally; employ logic or reason

“When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize
Synonyms:
rationalise
Type of:
cerebrate, cogitate, think
use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

v defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior”
“he rationalized his lack of success”
Synonyms:
apologise, apologize, excuse, justify, rationalise
Types:
color, colour, gloss
give a deceptive explanation or excuse for
plead
offer as an excuse or plea
extenuate, mitigate, palliate
lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
Type of:
defend, fend for, support
argue or speak in defense of

v structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results

“We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits”
Synonyms:
rationalise
Type of:
organise, organize
cause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea

v weed out unwanted or unnecessary things

Synonyms:
cut, prune, rationalise
Type of:
do away with, eliminate, extinguish, get rid of
terminate, end, or take out
2

v remove irrational quantities from

“This function can be rationalized
Synonyms:
rationalise
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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