rationalize

3 definitions found

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

Rationalize \Ra"tion*al*ize\ (r[a^]sh"[u^]n*al*[imac]z), verb (used with an object)

1. To make rational; also, to convert to rationalism.

2. To interpret in the manner of a rationalist.

3. To form a rational conception of.

4. (Alg.) To render rational; to free from radical signs or quantities.

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

Rationalize \Ra"tion*al*ize\, verb (used without an object) To use, and rely on, reason in forming a theory, belief, etc., especially in matters of religion: to accord with the principles of rationalism.

Theodore . . . is justly considered the chief rationalizing doctor of antiquity. --J. H. Newman.

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

rationalize

verb

1: defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success" [syn: {apologize}, {apologise}, {excuse}, {justify}, {rationalize}, {rationalise}]

2: weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet" [syn: {cut}, {prune}, {rationalize}, {rationalise}]

3: structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results; "We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits" [syn: {rationalize}, {rationalise}]

4: think rationally; employ logic or reason; "When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize" [syn: {rationalize}, {rationalise}]

5: remove irrational quantities from; "This function can be rationalized" [syn: {rationalize}, {rationalise}]


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