Definition of Rationalization

1. Noun. The cognitive process of making something seem consistent with or based on reason.

Exact synonyms: Rationalisation
Generic synonyms: Explanation
Specialized synonyms: Raison D'etre
Derivative terms: Rationalise, Rationalize



2. Noun. (psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your true motivation is concealed by explaining your actions and feelings in a way that is not threatening.

3. Noun. (mathematics) the simplification of an expression or equation by eliminating radicals without changing the value of the expression or the roots of the equation.
Exact synonyms: Rationalisation
Generic synonyms: Simplification
Category relationships: Math, Mathematics, Maths
Derivative terms: Rationalise, Rationalize

4. Noun. The organization of a business according to scientific principles of management in order to increase efficiency.
Exact synonyms: Rationalisation
Generic synonyms: Organisation, Organization
Derivative terms: Rationalise, Rationalize

5. Noun. Systematic organization; the act of organizing something according to a system or a rationale.

Definition of Rationalization

1. n. The act or process of rationalizing.

Definition of Rationalization

1. Noun. The process, or result of rationalizing. ¹

2. Noun. A statement of one's motives, or of the causes of some event. ¹

3. Noun. A reorganization of a company or organization in order to improve its efficiency. ¹

4. Noun. (psychiatry) The concealment of true motivation in some non-threatening way. ¹

5. Noun. (mathematics) The simplification of an expression without changing its value. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Rationalization

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Medical Definition of Rationalization

1. A defense mechanism operating unconsciously, in which the individual attempts to justify or make consciously tolerable, by plausible means, feelings, behaviour, and motives that would otherwise be intolerable. (12 Dec 1998)

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Literary usage of Rationalization

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1. Elements of the Differential and Integral Calculus by William Anthony Granville, Percey Franklyn Smith (1904)
"rationalization 195. Introduction. In the last chapter it was shown that all rational functions whose denominators can be broken up into real quadratic and ..."

2. Elements of the Differential and Integral Calculus by William Anthony Granville, Percey Franklyn Smith (1904)
"rationalization 195. Introduction. In the last chapter it was shown that all rational functions whose denominators can be broken up into real quadratic and ..."

3. Hermathena by Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) (1874)
"ON INTEGRATION BY rationalization. By BENJAMIN WILLIAMSON, AM, Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin. THE following method of showing that the various modes of ..."

4. The New Psychology and Its Relation to Life by Arthur George Tansley (1920)
"... REASON AND rationalization CHAPTER XV rationalization IT is no part of the scheme of this book to describe in detail the nature and working of the ..."

5. A Treatise on Infinitesimal Calculus: Containing Differential and Integral by Bartholomew Price (1865)
"Integration of Irrational Functions by rationalization. 43.] Many infinitesimal elements involving irrational quantities may by a judicious substitution be ..."

6. The City: Urban Communities and Their Problems by Alan S. Berger (1978)
"Max Weber: The rationalization of Society In many ways the work of Max Weber ... He used the term rationalization to describe the transformation of a ..."

7. Advertising, Its Principles and Practice by Harry Tipper (1919)
"rationalization Appeal. This fourth type has special psychological interest and ... Use of the rationalization Appeal Men buy automobiles in the same way. ..."

8. Advertising, Its Principles and Practice by Harry Tipper, Harry Levi Hollingworth, George Burton Hotchkiss, Frank Alvah Parsons (1919)
"rationalization Appeal. This fourth type has special psychological interest and ... Use of the rationalization Appeal Men buy automobiles in the same way. ..."

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