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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"Too many are too willing to rationalize away accountability, and that obstructs behavior change.
Jesus is what I can't rationalize away. He is not a made up character.
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.
They are so comfortable in their upper-middle-class to affluent positions that they have chosen to rationalize away the hatred or the bigotry surrounding them because they don't want to make waves.
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!) about The Bachelor was the solid, cleansing presence of its sister show, The Bachelorette.
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.
But I think Steuerle underestimates the ability of Congress to rationalize away our budget predicament when it is politically expedient to do so.
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.