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Rationalize Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    rationalize v
  1. defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success" [syn: apologize, apologise, excuse, justify, rationalise]
  2. weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet" [syn: cut, prune, rationalise]
  3. structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results; "We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits" [syn: rationalise]
  4. think rationally; employ logic or reason; "When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize" [syn: rationalise]
  5. remove irrational quantities from; "This function can be rationalized" [syn: rationalise]
Rationalize Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Rationalize \Ra"tion*al*ize\, v. i. 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.
Rationalize Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Rationalize \Ra"tion*al*ize\, v. t.
  1. To make rational; also, to convert to rationalism.
  2. To interpret in the manner of a rationalist.
  3. To form a rational conception of.
  4. (Alg.) To render rational; to free from radical signs or quantities.

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* 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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