- 1Attempt to explain or justify (behaviour or an attitude) with logical reasons, even if these are not appropriate: she couldn’t rationalize her urge to return to the cottageMore example sentences
- And the question would be so concise that there would be no room for you to minimise, justify or rationalise your behaviour.
- ‘I like things to be just right,’ he said, laughing as he attempts to rationalise his behaviour.
- Is this really a song about an abuser rationalizing his violent behaviour - or just a guy saying look I'm moody and hard to live with?
- 2British Make (a company, process, or industry) more efficient, especially by dispensing with superfluous personnel or equipment: if we rationalize production, will that mean redundancies?More example sentences
- This funds a huge burst of creativity - which is followed by a Darwinian process that rationalizes the industry.
- The government just finished drawing up a rough plan for streamlining and rationalizing the corporations at the end of last year.
- Hurt by a downturn in the print industry, Wyndeham has been rationalising its business units to improve efficiency.
- 2.1Reorganize (a process or system) so as to make it more logical and consistent: Parliament should seek to rationalize the country’s court structureMore example sentences
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, updatereorganize; clarify, make consistent, apply logic/reasoning to• rare pragmatize
- Its arrival has not yielded a new Constitution, rationalised the party system, modernised justice or overhauled the bureaucracy in any of the ways its advocates hoped it would.
- As the prison system is rationalized and restructured through each of these individual decisions, it's clear that the prisoners themselves are just pawns.
- This concentration on rationalizing the tax system, however, fatally ignored the real Achilles heel of the royal finances.
- 3 Mathematics Convert (a function or expression) to a rational form.More example sentences
- I don't care about rationalising denominators with surds in them, and I don't care that by using maths induction you can prove many equations to be right or wrong.
- He knew that when some irrational number produced a very large quotient then it could be rationalised to produce an extremely accurate approximation to some irrational.
- These effects should be considered when rationalizing the physical significance of n.
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- They'll bounce right back with excuses, rationalizations, and inane explanations of powers that weren't there in the first place.
- Ingmar Bergman said, ‘Explanations are clumsy rationalizations with hindsight.’
- Most certainly, however, they are an argument for their rationalisation and for strict management.
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- Shaq's success has exposed a host of critics and rationalizers - including Shaq himself - as clueless.
- Indeed, there is no ‘why,’ a word which belongs to the accountants and rationalizers.
- On these and many other questions, rationalizers changed their minds.