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Definition of rationalize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[transitive, intransitive] rationalize (something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rationalize
he / she / it rationalizes
past simple rationalized
-ing form rationalizing
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to find or try to find a logical reason to explain why someone thinks, behaves, etc. in a way that is difficult to understand an attempt to rationalize his violent behavior
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noun [uncountable, countable] No amount of rationalization could justify his actions.
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