1. rationalize

verb. ['ˈræʃənəˌlaɪz'] defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning.


  • justify
  • rationalise
  • colour
  • palliate
  • mitigate
  • support
  • plead
  • fend for
  • extenuate
  • apologise
  • gloss
  • defend
  • color
  • excuse


  • irritate
  • increase
  • forbid
  • disallow

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Rhymes with Rationalize

  • internationalize
  • renationalize
  • denationalize
  • nationalize

Sentences with rationalize

1. Verb, base form
A fraction with the square root of a single term in the denominator is the easiest to rationalize.

2. Noun, singular or mass
Don’t rationalize when making serious decisions about your wants versus your needs.

3. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Employees who steal from their employers usually rationalize their actions to avoid feeling guilty.

Quotes about rationalize

1. ... the mind was designed not to defend what we want, but to discover what is ultimately true, which should shape our wants and satisfy them more deeply with God. The purpose of the mind is not to rationalize subjective preferences, but to recognize objective reality and to help the heart revel in God.
- John Piper, The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God's Delight in Being God

2. Rationalize [10w] Man needs an apt aphorism to rationalize his ruthless actions.
- Beryl Dov

2. rationalize

verb. ['ˈræʃənəˌlaɪz'] weed out unwanted or unnecessary things.


  • cut
  • extinguish
  • do away with
  • get rid of
  • eliminate
  • prune


  • blame
  • discolor
  • chromatic color
  • uncolored

3. rationalize

verb. ['ˈræʃənəˌlaɪz'] remove irrational quantities from.


  • alter
  • modify
  • change


  • achromatic color
  • colorlessness
  • blacken
  • stay

4. rationalize

verb. ['ˈræʃənəˌlaɪz'] think rationally; employ logic or reason.


  • cogitate
  • cerebrate
  • think


  • colorless
  • uninterestingness
  • colorful
  • black-and-white

5. rationalize

verb. ['ˈræʃənəˌlaɪz'] structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results.


  • rationalise
  • organise


  • disorganize
  • boycott
  • disapproval