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rationalize

verb ra·tio·nal·ize

Medical Definition of rationalize

rationalized also British rationalised; rationalizing also British rationalising

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to bring into accord with reason or cause something to seem reasonable; especially :  to attribute (one's actions) to rational and creditable motives without analysis of true and especially unconscious motives <he tried to rationalize his cruel behavior>

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to provide plausible but untrue reasons for conduct

rationalizer also British rationaliser \-ər\play noun


Variants of rationalize

also British rationalise \ˈrash-nə-ˌlīz, -ən-əl-ˌīz\play


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