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rationalization

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act, process, or practice of rationalizing.
  • n. An instance of rationalizing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process, or result of rationalizing.
  • n. A statement of one's motives, or of the causes of some event.
  • n. A reorganization of a company or organization in order to improve its efficiency.
  • n. The concealment of true motivation in some non-threatening way.
  • n. The simplification of an expression without changing its value.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of rationalizing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of rationalizing; a making rational or intelligible; subjection to rational tests or principles.
  • n. In algebra, the process of clearing an equation from radical signs. Also spelled rationalisation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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
  • 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. systematic organization; the act of organizing something according to a system or a rationale
  • n. the cognitive process of making something seem consistent with or based on reason

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