rationalize

(redirected from rationalizations)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.
Related to rationalizations: callous, feigning, immunity, construed

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
These rationalizations, which the ACFE cites among "critical thinking errors" leading to lapses in ethical judgment (Inside the Fraudster's Mind, http://bit.ly/2BtzQzo), should not be confused with postfraud excuses.
Their conclusion is that a dialogue-based leadership that includes the employees is essential when rationalization measures are introduced.
As the title of the theory suggests, the most prominent interrogation tactic for this theory is rationalization. A woman can rationalize vandalizing her ex-boyfriend's car as acceptable behavior based on the circumstances at the time, such as his failure to return phone calls or too quickly becoming romantically involved with another woman.
Our hope may lie in the emerging realization of this reality and the emerging reality that does not need to preserve religious traditions as rationalizations for action.
The third element of the fraud model is rationalization. Individuals do not commit fraud unless they can justify it as being consistent with their own personal code of ethics.
The most depressing historical example of rationalization can be found in Mark Noll's brilliant "The Civil War as a Theological Crisis." In the mid-19th century, prominent ministers in the North used the Bible to justify abolitionism, while prominent ministers in the South employed the Bible to justify slavery.
The company has identified products for 2018 rationalization and estimates that SKU discontinuations will unfavorably impact year-over-year net sales by approximately $3.5M.
This requires the rigor of a management-driven product rationalization process based on relevant data.
In this culture, the suzerainty of self sanctions the rationalization of one's own happiness, rather than service to others, as the summum bonum.