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rationalize

(răsh′ə-nə-līz′)
v.
To devise self-satisfying but false or inconsistent reasons for one's behavior, especially as an unconscious defense mechanism through which irrational acts or feelings are made to appear rational to oneself.

ra′tion·al·i·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
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Citizens are afraid that this unprecedented and enforced rationalisation will never end.
Recommending delaying the Ysgol Rhosybol proposal Richard Parry Jones, corporate director of education, said it would be premature to consult about lowering the admission age before the rationalisation review had considered the future of the school.
Mr De'Ath added: "The benefits of productive consortia are that it provides an improved collective voice, sharing of information, rationalisation of administration, skill sharing, cross pollination of ideas and the facilitation of major joint fund-raising initiatives.
Cost cutting and rationalisation plans of various militaries and enhanced web-enabled logistics systems are the key market drivers," notes the analyst of this research.
It provides solutions to business problems that require acquisition, rationalisation, and analysis of both large and complex data.
Fitch believes it is too early to fully assess the effects of the rationalisation plan overall.
As part of its ongoing asset rationalisation program, Normandy has reached agreement to sell its interests in the Ity gold mine (Cote d'Ivoire) and the Tasiast gold project (Mauritania).
An extensive rationalisation program was carried out in Sweden, implying a reduction in personnel of approximately 50 people.
Business rationalisation - Normandy's rationalisation program has already resulted in nine operations closed or divested in the past 18 months.
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Parallel with the establishment of SolNiver Lines, sweeping rationalisation measures have been instituted in the remaining SOL organisation resulting in personnel reductions of about 25% over and above the personnel transferred to SolNiver Lines.