Rationalize

Definition of Rationalize

Ra´tion`al`ize   Pronunciation: răsh´ŭn`al`īz
v. t.1.To make rational; also, to convert to rationalism.
2.To interpret in the manner of a rationalist.
3.To form a rational conception of.
4.(Alg.) To render rational; to free from radical signs or quantities.
v. i.1.To use, and rely on, reason in forming a theory, belief, etc., especially in matters of religion: to accord with the principles of rationalism.
Theodore . . . is justly considered the chief rationalizing doctor of antiquity.
- J. H. Newman.

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