World English Dictionary
rationalize or rationalise (ˈræʃənəˌlaɪz)
1.  to justify (one's actions, esp discreditable actions, or beliefs) with plausible reasons, esp after the event
2.  psychol to indulge, often unchallenged, in excuses for or explanations of (behaviour about which one feels uncomfortable or guilty)
3.  to apply logic or reason to (something)
4.  to eliminate unnecessary equipment, personnel, or processes from (a group of businesses, factory, etc), in order to make it more efficient
5.  (tr) maths to eliminate one or more radicals without changing the value of (an expression) or the roots of (an equation)
rationalise or rationalise
rationali'zation or rationalise
rationali'sation or rationalise
'rationalizer or rationalise
'rationaliser or rationalise

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: rationalisation
Next Definition: rationalise away
Words Near: rationaliser
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for rationaliser
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing rationaliser
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature