rationalization

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rationalization \Ra'tion*al*i*za"tion\ (r[a^]sh'[u^]n*al*[i^]*z[=a]"sh[u^]n), noun The act or process of rationalizing.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

rationalization

noun

1: the cognitive process of making something seem consistent with or based on reason [syn: {rationalization}, {rationalisation}]

2: (psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your true motivation is concealed by explaining your actions and feelings in a way that is not threatening [syn: {rationalization}, {rationalisation}]

3: (mathematics) the simplification of an expression or equation by eliminating radicals without changing the value of the expression or the roots of the equation [syn: {rationalization}, {rationalisation}]

4: the organization of a business according to scientific principles of management in order to increase efficiency [syn: {rationalization}, {rationalisation}]

5: systematic organization; the act of organizing something according to a system or a rationale [syn: {systematization}, {systematisation}, {rationalization}, {rationalisation}]


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