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rationalize

ra·tion·al·ize

rationalize

 
pronunciation:
rae sh n laIz
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: rationalized, rationalizes, rationalizing
definition 1: to account for (one's behavior, events, or the like) with apparently reasonable, but self-serving, explanations.
She rationalized her shoplifting by telling herself that such a big company wouldn't be hurt by it.
synonyms:
excuse, justify
similar words:
account, defend, explain, gloss, intellectualize, palliate, vindicate
definition 2: to revise by removing inconsistencies and illogical content.
similar words:
clarify, correct, elucidate, explain, explicate, illuminate, methodize, rectify, systematize
definition 3: to provide an explanation for.
synonyms:
account, explain
similar words:
clarify, delineate, demonstrate, elucidate, explicate
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derivations: rationalization (n.), rationalizer (n.)
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