|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)|
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rationalize ra·tion·al·ize (rāsh'ə-nə-līz')
v. ra·tion·al·ized, ra·tion·al·iz·ing, ra·tion·al·iz·es
To make rational.
To devise self-satisfying but false or inconsistent reasons for one's behavior, especially as an unconscious defense mechanism through which irrational acts or feelings are made to appear rational to oneself.