tr. v. to provide a rational basis for something, often by false or self-serving reasoning

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  • The girl attempted to rationalize why she had dropped out of college, but did not have any good reasons.
  • Amy tried to rationalize why she didn't do her homework by telling her teacher that she didn't know how to do it.


  • justify
  • explain
  • defend


  • decentralize
  • disperse
  • scatter

3-year-old Mateo Makes His Case for Cupcakes: "Linda, honey, just listen."