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rationalize (verb), rationalizes; rationalized; rationalizing
1. To describe something in a way that explains it and makes it seem proper and reasonable: Maggie was not able to rationalize why she bought such an expensive car.

Frank tried to rationalize his young son's strange behavior by blaming it on his older son.

2. Etymology: from Latin rationalis, "of or belonging to reason, reasonable" from ratio, "calculation, reason" + -ize, "to make, to become"."
To provide an explanation.
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To give a logical reason for doing something.
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