rationalize Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
apologise; rationalise; excuse; apologize; justify.
- rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior
- he rationalized his lack of success
verb weed out unwanted or unnecessary things
rationalise; cut; prune.
- We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet
verb structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results
- We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits
verb think rationally; employ logic or reason
- When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize
verb remove irrational quantities from
- This function can be rationalized
Ra"tion*al*ize transitive verb
To make rational; also, to convert to rationalism.
To interpret in the manner of a rationalist.
To form a rational conception of.
(Alg.) To render rational; to free from radical signs or quantities.
Ra"tion*al*ize intransitive verb
To use, and rely on, reason in forming a theory, belief, etc., especially in matters of religion: to accord with the principles of rationalism.
Theodore . . . is just considered the chief rationalizing doctor of antiquity. J. H. Newman.