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Pronunciation: [ɹˈaʃənə͡lˌa͡ɪzɪŋ] (IPA)

Rationalizing is a process of justifying or providing an explanation for something in a way that appears logical or sensible. There are several synonyms for this term, including justifying, excusing, explaining away, making excuses, providing a reason, defending, and rationalizing away. Each one of these words represents a different aspect of the rationalization process. For example, justifying could refer to creating an argument to support an idea, while excusing suggests minimizing blame or responsibility. Explaining away is similar, but with an added emphasis on dismissing criticism or negative feedback. Regardless of the word used, the act of rationalizing is often associated with avoiding accountability or refusing to acknowledge uncomfortable truths.

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Usage examples for Rationalizing

Here, undoubtedly, we observe a literary method of rationalizing the ghosts of the Fianna; and their sudden and mysterious coming and personal aspects can be compared with the sudden and mysterious coming and personal aspects of the Tuatha De Danann as recorded in certain Irish manuscripts.
"The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries"
W. Y. Evans Wentz
He smiled sardonically into the gray gloom, knowing that his thinking was running backwards, that he had acted before reasoning why, that he was rationalizing in an attempt to soothe himself and absolve himself.
"Way of a Rebel"
Walter M. Miller
Following Melanchthon, rationalizing Synergists everywhere have always held that without abandoning Luther's doctrine of original sin and of the gratia sola there is no escape from Calvinism.
"Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church"
Friedrich Bente

Famous quotes with Rationalizing

  • Man is a rationalizing beast, if not a rational one.
    Michael Moorcock
  • ‘The Spirit of the Age wishes to allow argument and not to allow argument. … If anyone argues with them they say that he is rationalizing his own desires, and therefore need not be answered. But if anyone listens to them they will then argue themselves to show that their own doctrines are true. … You must ask them whether any reasoning is valid or not. If they say no, then their own doctrines, being reached by reasoning, fall to the ground. If they say yes, then they will have to examine your arguments and refute them on their merits: for if some reasoning is valid, for all they know, your bit of reasoning may be one of the valid bits.’
    C. S. Lewis
  • How do the receptive perceive truth, whereas the unreceptive "seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand"? The ultimate truths of heaven and the kingdom of God, the reality that lies behind sensory perception and beyond the cogitations of the rationalizing mind, can only be grasped by intuition — awakening the intuitive knowing, the pure comprehension, of the soul.
    Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Man is not a rational animal; he is a rationalizing animal.
    Robert A. Heinlein

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