Definition of rationalize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

rationalize

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verb
NAmE//ˈræʃənəˌlaɪz//
 
[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
 rationalization
 
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NAmE//ˌræʃənələˈzeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable, countable] No amount of rationalization could justify his actions.
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