Rationalization can refer to any of the following:
*Rationalization (psychology), the process of constructing a logical justification for a decision that was originally arrived at through a different mental process
*Rationalization, in hypnosis, the rational justification for obeying a suppressed post-hypnotic command
*Rationalization (economics), an attempt to change a pre-existing ad-hoc workflow into one that is based on a set of published rules
*Rationalization (sociology), the means of transition from a traditional society into a rationalized one
*Rationalization, in politics, justification of power by means of rationality (rationality and power)
*Rationalisation, in 'between the wars' British history, the process of destroying old factories and gradually replacing them with newer and better ones. This was initiated by Neville Chamberlain in 1931 and it eventually ended in 1938
*Rationalisation (mathematics), the process of removing a square root or imaginary number from the denominator of a fraction. See conjugate (algebra) and complex conjugate
*Rationalisation, in engineering (within complex impedance and admittance systems), to multiply the numerator and denominator by the complex conjugate of the denominator to remove the imaginary numbers from the denominator while converting admittance to impedance
*Rationalisation, business jargon for a reduction in numbers, especially the laying off of staff

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