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English definition of “rationalize”


verb [I/T]    /ˈræʃ·ə·nəlˌɑɪz/
to create a reason, explanation, or excuse for something: [T] You can rationalize your way out of anything. rationalization    /ˌræʃ·ə·nəl·əˈzeɪ·ʃən/ noun [C/U] [C] Parents are fed up with rationalizations about why schools don’t work.
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