rationalise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rationalise weed out unwanted or unnecessary things "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"
    • v rationalise remove irrational quantities from "This function can be rationalized"
    • v rationalise think rationally; employ logic or reason "When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize"
    • v rationalise defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior","he rationalized his lack of success"
    • v rationalise structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results "We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Rationalise to interpret like a rationalist: to think for one's self
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Usage

In literature:

Rationalised dogma is vastly in demand.
"Born in Exile" by George Gissing
Knowledge of life had rationalised her emotions to a definite degree, had given her the pride of self-repression.
"The Right of Way, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
We only too often see highly rationalised convictions in persons of weak purpose or low motives.
"On Compromise" by John Morley
She was resolved to understand herself, to rationalise her overthrow.
"Mount Music" by E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
To rationalise an interest is simply to correlate it with every other interest which it at all affects.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
To rationalise even contemporary history as M. Loisy has rationalised the Gospels would be suicide for Catholicism.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
Let us first frankly narrate the legend, and then see how far it may fairly be rationalised.
"Science in Arcady" by Grant Allen
Moreover, the very myths had been rationalised.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
Moreover, the very myths had been rationalised.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Others have taken refuge in a kind of highly rationalised Judaism little different from pure Theism.
"Historical and Political Essays" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
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In science:

But we can pull this factor to the L. H. S. to ‘rationalise’ the expressions.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
As we have indicated in Sec. 1, a reason that often is put forward for rationalising the observed breakdowns of the Luttinger theorem, is the supposed failure of the weak-coupling many-body perturbation theory in correctly describing stronglycorrelated GSs.
On the Luttinger theorem concerning number of particles in the ground states of systems of interacting fermions
Rather, our above statement has direct bearing on the phenomenological theory of Landau in which idealised theoretical considerations merely provide a framework in which to rationalise the elements of the theory; within this framework, the stated conditions are more stringent than strictly necessary.
On the Luttinger theorem concerning number of particles in the ground states of systems of interacting fermions
Thus, taken together, very good quantitative accord with a whole host of spectral and transport responses for 1TTiSe2 and a comprehensive qualitative rationalisation of structural features in one single theoretical picture constitutes overwhelming support for a novel PEL view.
Preformed Excitons, Orbital Selectivity, and Charge-Density-Wave Order in 1T-TiSe_2
That this identification implies an interesting scenario, similar to those invoked for anomalous metals on the border of (T = 0) magnetism may also permit a rationalisation of the apparent ‘similarities’ claimed to exist between under-doped cuprates and TMD .
Preformed Excitons, Orbital Selectivity, and Charge-Density-Wave Order in 1T-TiSe_2
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