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Synonyms for rationalize
ˈræʃ ə nlˌaɪz, ˈræʃ nl-ra·tio·nal·ize

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  1. apologize, apologise, excuse, justify, rationalize, rationaliseverb

    defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

    "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"

    Synonyms:
    justify, condone, apologise, explain, relieve, prune, excuse, beg off, vindicate, warrant, cut, let off, apologize, free, rationalise, exempt, absolve, pardon

  2. cut, prune, rationalize, rationaliseverb

    weed out unwanted or unnecessary things

    "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"

    Synonyms:
    veer, bring down, justify, snub, turn off, edit out, cut, burn, hack, trim down, apologize, write out, prune, thin, slue, trim back, trim, ignore, swerve, shorten, apologise, cut off, edit, thin out, cut down, skip, abridge, reduce, rationalise, contract, foreshorten, dilute, curve, excuse, switch off, sheer, make out, geld, slew, tailor, turn out, clip, crop, disregard, issue, cut back, abbreviate, trend, snip, lop, dress

  3. rationalize, rationaliseverb

    structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results

    "We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits"

    Synonyms:
    prune, excuse, apologise, cut, rationalise, apologize, justify

  4. rationalize, rationaliseverb

    think rationally; employ logic or reason

    "When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize"

    Synonyms:
    prune, excuse, apologise, cut, rationalise, apologize, justify

  5. rationalize, rationaliseverb

    remove irrational quantities from

    "This function can be rationalized"

    Synonyms:
    prune, excuse, apologise, cut, rationalise, apologize, justify

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How to use rationalize in a sentence?

  1. Alireza Miryousefi:

    President Saleh was the sweetheart of America and Saudi Arabia, it seems petro-dollars are promoting such reports in order to rationalize war crimes in Yemen as well as the oppression of Bahrain’s completely civil and popular protests.

  2. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis:

    Our government is eager to rationalize the pension system (for example, by limiting early retirement), proceed with partial privatization of public assets, address the non-performing loans that are clogging the economy's credit circuits, create a fully independent tax commission, and boost entrepreneurship, the differences that remain concern how we understand the relationships between the various reforms and the macro environment.

  3. Anthony Leiserowitz:

    Never underestimate the power of the human mind to rationalize its way out of reality, people are way more complicated because they come preloaded with all these prior beliefs and attitudes and values and politics.

  4. Robert Kauffman:

    Many men and women – despite good patient education efforts – simply elect not to take medication, fail to change habits like being sedentary with no exercise program, refuse to change dietary and caloric intake, etc., some of this is disease denial. If they feel healthy, they rationalize taking medication is not needed.

  5. Billy Joel:

    As an atheist you have to rationalize things... Then you have to try and make some sort of sense out of your problems. And if you try and find you can't, you have no choice but to be good and scared -- but that's okay


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