rationalize

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From French rationaliser. Surface etymology is rational +‎ -ize.

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rationalize (third-person singular simple present rationalizes, present participle rationalizing, simple past and past participle rationalized) (American spelling, Oxford British English)

  1. To make something rational or more rational.
  2. To justify an immoral act, or illogical behaviour. “The process of thought by which one justifies a discreditable act, and by which one offers to oneself and the world a better motive for one's action than the true motive”[1]
  3. (mathematics) To remove radicals, without changing the value of an expression or the roots of an equation.
  4. To structure something along modern, efficient and systematic lines, or according to scientific principles. This often includes eliminating duplication and grouping like or similar items.

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  1. ^ Funk, Wilfred; Lewis, Norman (September 1942), “4 - Words for Mature Minds”, in 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary, New York: Washington Square Press, published 1949, pages 29.

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rationalize

  1. inflection of rationaliser:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative