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Definitions from Wordnet 2.0

  • weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"
  • remove irrational quantities from; "This function can be rationalized"
  • think rationally; employ logic or reason; "When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize"
  • defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child''s seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
  • structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results; "We rationalized the factory''s production and raised profits"

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'Rationalize' example sentence in quotations

* As an atheist you have to rationalize things... Then you have to try and make some sort of sense out of your problems. And if you try and find you can't, you have no choice but to be good and scared -- but that's okay - Billy Joel

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  • How legends like Bobby Unser rationalize racing's most dangerous era
    As a modern-day race car driver, combatting fear is something I’m intimately familiar with. But having spent time wheeling a 1972 (1,000 hp) Indy 500-winning McLaren at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a few months back, and dealing with the inherent dangers of an era where drivers’ life expectancies were less than a tin of tomato soup, it made me wonder how a Read more on this news related to 'Rationalize'
  • Opinion: You've gotta believe in something | Column
    CARRIE: I have to figure out if I'm an optimist or a pessimist. I don't know any more. I don't know what I believe. MIRANDA: Neither do l. I'm having a baptism. CARRIE: How do you rationalize that? MIRANDA: One less bath to give him. [Season ... Read more on this news related to 'Rationalize'
  • Letter: Don’t push insensitivity in the name of tradition
    It is too bad that so many people are willing to defend, promote and rationalize racial insensitivity in the name of tradition and culture. Many people view their traditions as though they are religions – supposedly above criticism from insiders and outsiders alike. Read more on this news related to 'Rationalize'

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