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  • v  defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
    rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior
    he rationalized his lack of success
  • v  weed out unwanted or unnecessary things
  • v  structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results
    We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits
  • v  think rationally; employ logic or reason
    When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize
  • v  remove irrational quantities from
    This function can be rationalized

  • But I have neither tried to rationalize the death of four ((Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms)) agents, and I will not walk away from a compound where ATF agents had been .
  • But the Taliban has become so dependent on Bin Laden's own forces and men loyal to him that they may struggle to rationalize giving him up without facing internal disintegration.
  • The judicious long view, and postmortem sentiment, will allow critics to ignore or rationalize the dip in the quality of Allen's films from the mid-'90s, or whenever they once .
News & Articles

  • Fighting Fear, One Negative Thought at a Time
    The voice of fear is loud and persuasive. Yet recent research suggests that, at least in some situations, we should not talk back to fears, minimize them, push them away or rationalize them out of existence, but rather give voice to them by stating them plainly.
    June 15, 2013 - Philly.com
  • Virginia Lieutenant Governor Candidate E.W. Jackson Says Yoga Does Not Lead to Satanism
    Virginia Republican nominee for lieutenant governor E.W. Jackson clarified on Wednesday that he does not believe yoga leads to Satanism, after excerpts from his 2008 book were released suggesting otherwise. During the press conference in Manassas, Virginia, Jackson elaborated on his writings, hoping to rationalize the statements he believed had been distorted. "I do not believe that yoga leads ...
    June 13, 2013 - Opposing Views
  • The Economic Reason for Having Just One Child
    We shouldn't have to rationalize devoting our time and money to other things, says author Lauren Sandler
    June 11, 2013 - Time Magazine

  • Jim Calhoun in Washington Post
    What we all do, because we're human beings, we rationalize that next year won't be like this,said Calhoun, who turns 67 next month. "And you know what? Next year keeps getting tougher and tougher and tougher because of all the other things...
  • David Radler in Brooks Bulletin
    He wasn't entirely truthful when he first met with prosecutors and FBI agents in 2004, Radler added, because he "was trying to rationalize some of the transactions - I was fighting back."
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Guardian Unlimited
    Sun's technical and financial strength puts us in a great position to act as a consolidator in the IT industry. This acquisition is part of an ongoing strategy to respond to customers seeking to rationalize their datacenter purchases - to free up... Scott McNealy http://www.google.com/url?q=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_McNealy&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNHlx3QTUElfwWDWoruY9RT5_qfoBw Finextra (press release) http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.finextra.com/fullpr.asp%3Fid%3D4565&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNEoIeDbNPUS9v40uMvaxUNbXg8Y-g Jun 2, 2005 80440 108446 rationally Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the majority, said, A reviewing court could not rationally conclude that it was an abuse of discretion" to cut four years off the guidelines-recommended sentence for Kimbrough.

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