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verb (v)

  • defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning (verb.communication)
    Rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior.
    He rationalized his lack of success.
    source: wordnet30
  • weed out unwanted or unnecessary things (verb.change)
    Synonym: cut, prune, rationalise
    source: wordnet30
  • structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results (verb.possession)
    Synonym: rationalise
    We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits.
    source: wordnet30
  • think rationally; employ logic or reason (verb.cognition)
    When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize.
    source: wordnet30
  • remove irrational quantities from (verb.change)
    This function can be rationalized.
    source: wordnet30
  • To make rational; also, to convert to rationalism. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To use, and rely on, reason in forming a theory, belief, etc., especially in matters of religion: to accord with the principles of rationalism. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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