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rationalize

(răsh′ə-nə-līz′)
v.
To devise self-satisfying but false or inconsistent reasons for one's behavior, especially as an unconscious defense mechanism through which irrational acts or feelings are made to appear rational to oneself.

ra′tion·al·i·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
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Hence, under the guidance of an energetic rationalizer Sergei Andriychenko the labour collective of PJSC "AZOVSTAL IRON & STEEL WORKS" Rail and Beam Shop repeatedly took high positions for elevated performance and economic indicators of work.
February 22, 2018, in the Paraninfo Hall of the Cuban Academy of Sciences (ACC), the International Day of Women and Girls in Science was celebrated, with the presence of Amrica Santos Rivera, vice minister of Science, Technology and Environment; Lilliam lvarez Daz, Secretary of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba; Sergio Jorge Pastrana, General Director of this Institution; Dayamy Gonzlez Cruz, Director of Human Resources of our Ministry, representatives of the Federation of Cuban Women, National Association of Innovators and Rationalizers, Youth Technical Brigades, of the United Nations Development Program, the President of the Cuban National Commission for the UNESCO, officials of the Agency and other institutions of the science sector.
Jessie De Witt Huberts of Utrecht University says that we are expert rationalizers when it comes to finding a reason to eat more.