[rash-uh-nl-ahyz, rash-nl-ahyz] /ˈræʃ ə nlˌaɪz, ˈræʃ nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), rationalized, rationalizing.
to ascribe (one’s acts, opinions, etc.) to causes that superficially seem reasonable and valid but that actually are unrelated to the true, possibly unconscious and often less creditable or agreeable causes.
to remove unreasonable elements from.
to make or conformable to reason.
to treat or explain in a or manner.
Mathematics. to eliminate radicals from (an equation or expression):
to rationalize the denominator of a fraction.
Chiefly British. to reorganize and integrate (an industry).
verb (used without object), rationalized, rationalizing.
to invent plausible explanations for acts, opinions, etc., that are actually based on other causes:
He tried to prove that he was not at fault, but he was obviously rationalizing.
to employ reason; think in a or manner.
to justify (one’s actions, esp discreditable actions, or beliefs) with plausible reasons, esp after the event
(psychol) to indulge, often unchallenged, in excuses for or explanations of (behaviour about which one feels uncomfortable or guilty)
to apply logic or reason to (something)
to eliminate unnecessary equipment, personnel, or processes from (a group of businesses, factory, etc), in order to make it more efficient
(transitive) (maths) to eliminate one or more radicals without changing the value of (an expression) or the roots of (an equation)
1767, “explain in a rational way, make conformable to reason,” from rational + -ize. In the psychological sense of “to give an explanation that conceals true motives” it dates from 1922. Related: Rationalized; rationalizing.
rationalize ra·tion·al·ize (rāsh’ə-nə-līz’)
v. ra·tion·al·ized, ra·tion·al·iz·ing, ra·tion·al·iz·es
ra’tion·al·i·za’tion (rāsh’ə-nə-lĭ-zā’shən) n.
[rash-uh-nl, rash-nl] /ˈræʃ ə nl, ˈræʃ nl/ adjective 1. agreeable to reason; reasonable; sensible: a rational plan for economic development. 2. having or exercising reason, sound judgment, or good sense: a calm and rational negotiator. 3. being in or characterized by full possession of one’s reason; sane; lucid: The patient appeared perfectly rational. 4. endowed […]
noun, Mathematics. 1. a number that can be expressed exactly by a ratio of two integers. noun 1. any real number of the form a/b, where a and b are integers and b is not zero, as 7 or 7/3 rational number A number that can be expressed as an integer or a quotient of […]
noun 1. any of the mathematical operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
- Rational suicide
noun the concept that suicide is presumably a reasonable choice by a terminally ill person; also, the ending of one’s life for considered reasons as opposed to emotional/psychological reasons