rationale vs rationalization : Common Errors in English

About rationale vs rationalization

When you’re explaining the reasoning behind your position, you’representing your rationale. But if you’re just making up some lame excuseto make your position appear better—whether to yourself orothers—you’re engaging in rationalization.

rationale Meaning(s)

  • (n) (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature)

rationalization Meaning(s)

  • (n) the cognitive process of making something seem consistent with or based on reason
  • (n) systematic organization; the act of organizing something according to a system or a rationale
  • (n) the organization of a business according to scientific principles of management in order to increase efficiency
  • (n) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your true motivation is concealed by explaining your actions and feelings in a way that is not threatening
  • (n) (mathematics) the simplification of an expression or equation by eliminating radicals without changing the value of the expression or the roots of the equation

rationale in News

  1. News Summary: Facebook launches servers outside US

    NEW SERVERS: Facebook started processing data through its first server farm outside the United States, on the edge of the Arctic Circle in Sweden. THE RATIONALE: The company said the new servers should ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Minicamp not for starters in Houston

    Gary Kubiak knows best when it comes to how hard to push the accelerator for the Houston Texans. But with their minicamp underway, I’m reminded how he treats the three days of work. While they are the peak of the offseason for most teams, they amount to a rest period for the Texans' front-liners. It seems cushy, but Kubiak offers a reasonable rationale. “They’ve had 10 good practices under their ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: ESPN Blogs


    . Laquinimod showed additive effect in improving renal function when combined with the standard of care treatment . Results provide rationale for further studies of laquinimod in active lupus nephritis ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

rationalization in News

  1. Mike Zunino and the 40 Man Roster

    In the wake of Mike Zunino‘s promotion today, there was rationalization. You can always count on some kind of spin from certain corners, and this time, one of the primary talking points is that this was a short term move, and if Zunino’s only here ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: seattlepi.com

  2. No One Has Noticed That 1,000 People Were Laid Off From Mobile Ad Companies This Year

    The rationalization has begun.
    on June 7, 2013 Source: Business Insider via Yahoo! Finance

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