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  1. ra·tion·al·i·za·tion
    IPA[ˌraSH(ə)n(ə)ləˈzāSH(ə)n]
  2. noun

    • 1. the action of attempting to explain or justify behavior or an attitude with logical reasons, even if these are not appropriate:

      most people are prone to self-deceptive rationalization they justify themselves with ingenious rationalizations
    • 2. the action of making a company, process, or industry more efficient, especially by dispensing with superfluous personnel or equipment:

      the London dockers struggle to preserve their jobs against ruthless rationalization
    • 3. the action of reorganizing a process or system so as to make it more logical and consistent:

      the rationalization of accounting standards
    • 4. the process of converting a function or expression to a rational form.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: rationalization, plural noun: rationalizations

    • noun

      the action of attempting to explain or justify behaviour or an attitude with logical reasons, even if these are not appropriate:

      the action of making a company, process, or industry more efficient, especially by dispensing with superfluous personnel or equipment:

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