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[ US /ˈɹæʃənəˌɫaɪz/ ]
  1. defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
    he rationalized his lack of success
    rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior
  2. weed out unwanted or unnecessary things
    We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet
  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
  4. think rationally; employ logic or reason
    When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize
  5. remove irrational quantities from
    This function can be rationalized
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How To Use rationalize In A Sentence

  • She rationalized away the superstitious beliefs of the country folk.
  • However, I still cannot understand or rationalise the distressing sequence of events that followed his death.
  • People buy with their emotions and justify and rationalize with logic.
  • She rationalized the expense by saying that the costly carpet she had bought would last longer than a cheaper one.
  • The first step is to rationalize the denominator of a fraction.
  • Also, few modern regulating structures exist and the systems need to be rationalized to eliminate duplication or resources and increase the irrigable area.
  • He further rationalized his activity by convincing himself that he was actually promoting peace.
  • Ultimately, companies wishing to instill more discipline in the R&D process are out to rationalize their product portfolios.
  • Treatment professionals could rationalize their inattention to difference by citing underutilization of treatment resources by many minority groups.
  • Like all air signs, Aquarians carry the double-edged gift of being able to detach their reason from their emotions, allowing them to rationalise their feelings and override base instincts or lustful passions.
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