Meaning of rationalize
Pronunciation: (rash'u-nl-īz", rash'nl-īz"), [key]
— v., -ized, -iz•ing.
- to ascribe (one's acts, opinions, etc.) to causes that superficially seem reasonable and valid but that actually are unrelated to the true, possibly unconscious and often less creditable or agreeable causes.
- to remove unreasonable elements from.
- to make rational or conformable to reason.
- to treat or explain in a rational or rationalistic manner.
- to eliminate radicals from (an equation or expression): to rationalize the denominator of a fraction.
- to reorganize and integrate (an industry).
- to invent plausible explanations for acts, opinions, etc., that are actually based on other causes: He tried to prove that he was not at fault, but he was obviously rationalizing.
- to employ reason; think in a rational or rationalistic manner.
- rationalize (Thesaurus)