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rationalize

verb

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to give the reason for or cause of
  • rationalized his decision to buy the new car by noting that it was more fuel efficient than his old vehicle

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The first known use of rationalize was in 1665

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“Rationalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/rationalize. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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