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English noun: rationalization

1. rationalization (cognition) the cognitive process of making something seem consistent with or based on reason


Broader (hypernym)explanation

Narrower (hyponym)raison d'etre

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


Broader (hypernym)defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction

Domain categorypsychiatry, psychological medicine, psychopathology

3. rationalization (act) (mathematics) the simplification of an expression or equation by eliminating radicals without changing the value of the expression or the roots of the equation


Broader (hypernym)simplification

Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths

4. rationalization (act) the organization of a business according to scientific principles of management in order to increase efficiency


Broader (hypernym)organisation, organization

5. rationalization (act) systematic organization; the act of organizing something according to a system or a rationale

Synonymsrationalisation, systematisation, systematization

Broader (hypernym)organisation, organization

Narrower (hyponym)codification, formalisation, formalization

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