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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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The Access to Justice Programme was accorded approval at a total rationalised cost of Rs4.711bn.
The Ecnec also considered a proposal submitted by Ministry of Communication regarding Construction of Motorway from Burhan/Hakla on M-1 to D I Khan at the rationalised cost of Rs 124,208.00 million.
The fee structure for bar licences has also been rationalised and reoriented as per market trends.
I'm afraid if the local offices are forced to close the new rationalised system will not be able handle the emergency with the same efficiency.
Helsinki-listed European electronics manufacturer Elcoteq SE, formerly Elcoteq Network Corporation, said on Thursday (27 December) that its production capacity will be rationalised in Germany and Russia as part of the new action plan announced in October 2007.