(noun) “[The] belief that modern society should be built around logic and efficiency rather than morality or tradition” (OpenStax College 2012).

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: rationalizations
  • A (noun) rationalist uses rationalization as a frame work to (verb) rationalize decisions.
  • Also called: systematization

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OpenStax College. 2012. Theoretical Perspectives on Society. Connexions, June 12, 2012. http://cnx.org/content/m42817/1.4/).