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Rationalize  v. t.  
To make rational; also, to convert to rationalism.
To interpret in the manner of a rationalist.
To form a rational conception of.
(Alg.) To render rational; to free from radical signs or quantities.

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"Rationalize" Quotes from Famous Books

... consolation, and the consequent arguments by which he justified himself. To us it seems that he was only trying to exalt the power of the Holy Spirit, a pious action at the least but to the episcopal and monastic conservators of the faith he seems to have been guilty of trying to rationalize an unsolvable mystery, to find an intellectual solution forbidden to man. In some obscure way the question seems to be involved in that other of the function of the Blessed Virgin as the fount of mercy and compassion, and at this time when the cult ...
— Historia Calamitatum • Peter Abelard

... Encyclopedia Metropolitana, and finally the Computatio sive Logica of Hobbes. These books, dealt with in our manner, afforded a high range for original metaphysical speculation: and most of what has been done in the First Book of my System of Logic, to rationalize and correct the principles and distinctions of the school logicians, and to improve the theory of the Import of Propositions, had its origin in these discussions; Graham and I originating most of the ...
— Autobiography • John Stuart Mill

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