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Definition of rationalize:

  1. To form a rational conception of.
  2. To interpret in the manner of a rationalist.
  3. To make rational; also, to convert to rationalism.
  4. To render rational; to free from radical signs or quantities.
  5. To use, and rely on, reason in forming a theory, belief, etc., especially in matters of religion: to accord with the principles of rationalism.

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geld, veer, clip, pardon, relieve, vindicate, cut down, let off, account for, trim, foreshorten, trend, edit, cut back, disregard, thin, skip, prune, crop, tailor, hack, free, apologize, reconcile, shorten, curve, cut off, dilute, swerve, dress, deliberate, lop, contract, beg off, write out, bring down, abridge, slew, turn off, burn, trim back, switch off, warrant, make out, cut, issue, sheer, absolve, reason, snip, trim down, thin out, snub, exempt, condone, apologise, abbreviate, explain away, justify, turn out, excuse, slue, edit out, reduce, rationalise, ignore.

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