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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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Birth control is another arrow in the Government's rationalisation quiver, with successive governments trying to get couples to have fewer children, without taking their economic circumstances into consideration.
Anglesey council launched its school rationalisation programme last year and is looking at each secondary school catchment area separately.
Chairman David Naish said rationalisation to merge the two companies was almost complete and within budgets.
The company will continue to trim its operations but no new large rationalisation packages are planned, Hellstrom told the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.
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.
Summary: The rationalisation hour initiative has seen numerous positive results
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WE HAVE recently seen the start of the propaganda for rationalisation.
NORDIC BUSINESS REPORT-5 June 2006-Perlos Corporation rationalisation programme proceeds according to plan(C)1994-2006 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.