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  Definition of rationalise
  1. weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"
  2. remove irrational quantities from; "This function can be rationalized"
  3. think rationally; employ logic or reason; "When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize"
  4. defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child''s seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
  5. structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results; "We rationalized the factory''s production and raised profits"
Similar Words: cut, prune, rationalize, apologize, apologise, excuse, justify

 

See Also: restrict, curtail, curb, cut back, reduce, cut down, trim, trim down, trim back, cut, bring down, cut out

 

Hyponyms: color, colour, gloss, plead, extenuate, palliate, mitigate

 

Derivational Morphology: rationalization, rationalisation, systematization, systematisation, justification, apologist, vindicator, justifier, excuse, alibi, exculpation, self-justification, apology, apologia

 

Anagrams: realisation, orientalist, orientalise

 

 
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