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1. Corporate: Selling off or closing down some plants or units to reorganize a firm's operations to be more in line with its core competencies, in the interest of efficiency, or as a cost cutting measure. Often used as a euphemism for firing employees. See also downsizing.
2. Psychological: Attribution of reasonableness or socially acceptable motives to an action, behavior, or decision with plausible explanations, while hiding (or being unconscious of) the true motives. See also defense mechanism.

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Sometimes businesses will have to undertake rationalization to put themselves in a better position to succeed in the long term.
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The rationalization for the thought process of the customer is devoid of judgement and critical thinking so I suggest we do not consider it again.
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I knew the boy practiced rationalization in order to justify why he was behaving a certain way in math class.
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