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English definition of “rationalize”

rationalize

verb [T] (EXPLAIN) (UK usually rationalise)     /ˈræʃ.ən.əl.aɪz/
to try to find reasons to explain your behaviour , decisions , etc.: She rationalized the expense by saying that the costly carpet she had bought would last longer than a cheaper one.Thinking and contemplatingDefining and explaining rationalization (UK usually rationalisation)     /ˌræʃ.ən.əl.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ US  /-əˈ-/ noun [C or U]
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