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Rationalize Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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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  • More steps to rationalize subsidies on anvil: Jaitley
    Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the government will come out with more steps to rationalize subsidies. Read more on this news related to 'Rationalize'
  • Citi: OPEC investing in 'unclear future benefit'
    Tim Evans, Energy Futures Specialist at Citi Futures, tries to rationalize why OPEC members are not taking any action to curb recent price falls. Read more on this news related to 'Rationalize'
  • Video: Oilers need to show more emotion, stop making excuses for losses
    Edmonton Journal hockey writer Jim Matheson and sports columnist John MacKinnon talk about the Edmonton Oilers' tendency to rationalize losses early in the 2014-15 NHL season. Read more on this news related to 'Rationalize'

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