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RATIONALIZATION

The practice of justifying one's conduct to self or to others on rational grounds. The term implies substituting plausible or socially acceptable reasons for the real reasons for the real reasons in order to avoid a personal sense of guilt or loss of acceptance by others.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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