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Synonyms of rationalize in English:


  • 1 as soon as Mary had gone he began to rationalize his behaviour
    justify, explain (away), account for, defend, vindicate, excuse, make excuses for, make allowances for, give an explanation for, provide a rationale for, make acceptable
  • 2 they embarked on a series of attempts to rationalize the industry
    streamline, make more efficient, improve the running of, trim, slim down, hone, make economies in, reduce wastage in, simplify;
    make cutbacks in, cut back on, prune, retrench on;
    reorganize, modernize, update
  • 3 Parliament should seek to rationalize the country's court structure
    clarify, make consistent, apply logic/reasoning to
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