rationalize away

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Verb1.rationalize 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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When ISIS takes over a town and presents a choice of "join us or die," fear will cause many to join and then rationalize away any guilt about what they're doing.
A utilitarian analysis can be problematic in practice because no balancing of harms and benefits should override the need to meet the public interest obligation or be used to rationalize away any conflict of interest.
At first, I'd rationalize away my feelings, making up any excuse, any story to keep the door open.
The thing that made it all okay, though, or at least, allowed us to rationalize away the internalized sexism/lizard brain that forced so many of us otherwise staunchly feminist women to compulsively watch (and tweet
And defenders of the games--including fans and those profiting from them--can seek to rationalize away health issues by saying combatants are more aware than ever about potential consequences.
This in fact might confront you more than the idea of hiring the best and brightest, which you could rationalize away on the basis of cost versus return alone.
Fear of rejection - which most of us learn to rationalize away or live with - was the principal motivator in Adams's life.
Turncoat public officials (those who have turned away from the truth) are able to somehow rationalize away their false statements just as turncoat "moles" are able to rationalize their espionage.
How do we take the nagging feeling that is so easy to rationalize away and turn it into the mandatory reset button that activates a Star Trek Emergency Maneuver Delta?
But the need to "get somewhere" can force us to rationalize away various warning signs.
Yet people--both investors and policymakers--tend to rationalize away these dangers," the reviewers added; "they either forget history or invent reasons to believe that historical experience is irrelevant," thus setting themselves up for disaster.
The researchers interpret that to mean that people who feel trapped in their country are more likely to try to justify the country's system and rationalize away its dissatisfactory elements.