rationalise away

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Verb1.rationalise away - substitute a natural for a supernatural explanation of; "you can rationalize away all the strange noises you hear--there is no poltergeist in the house!"
reason - think logically; "The children must learn to reason"
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Although health risks from most imaging tests are extremely small, fear can be hard for people to rationalise away. There is a one-in-a-million chance of getting cancer from a chest X-ray, Ritenour says, the same tiny chance of getting cancer from toxins in peanut butter.
We often get caught up in loops of trying to rationalise away our feelings, resist them, try to normalise them, judge them, or analyse ourselves based on them - "what does this mean about me?".
We cannot afford to ignore or even to rationalise away this decline as the cost of making progress on economic and development issues.