ra|tion|al|ize «RASH uh nuh lyz, RASH nuh-», verb, -ized, -iz|ing.
1. to make rational or conformable to reason: »

When life has been duly rationalized by science, it will be seen that among a man's duties, care of the body is imperative (Herbert Spencer).

2. to treat or explain in a rational manner.
3. to find (often unconsciously) an explanation or excuse for: »

She rationalizes her gluttony by thinking, “I must eat enough to keep up my strength.”

4. to explain (myth, legend, or other belief) in terms of contemporary scientific knowledge.
5. to organize or run (a business, industry, operation, or institution) on economically sound or proven methods of administration and production: »

He wanted the six hundred-odd societies to rationalize themselves and offer better terms (Punch).

6. Mathematics. to clear from irrational quantities.
to find excuses (often unconsciously) for one's desires.
ra´tion|al|iz´er, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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