structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results;
"We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits"
defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning;
"rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"
"he rationalized his lack of success"
think rationally; employ logic or reason;
"When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize"
remove irrational quantities from;
"This function can be rationalized"
weed out unwanted or unnecessary things;
"We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"
- He's constantly rationalizing.
- She rationalized her decision to abandon her baby by saying she could not afford to keep it.