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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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According to Lachica, the Philippines lost over $1 billion in investments to the semiconductor industry due to the government's move to rationalize incentives.
A senior official in the Ministry of Coal said the country's largest miner had already initiated an exercise to rationalize coal prices across all grades based on GCV and CIL would be in a position to revise the prices before March 31.
The Minister Responsible for Financial Affairs dismissed any secrecy on the measures to rationalize expenditure saying that statements are issued every now and then and meeting are organized.
25 of 2013 issued by His Royal Highness the Prime Minister, and it specializes in developing policies, programs and mechanisms to control and rationalize government spending, promoting and increasing government income, raising productivity level and achieving the optimize use of financial resources at ministries and government bodies in line with the latest international standards to ensure increasing the government's financial resources and strengthening collection procedures of amounts owed to the state.
With the increasing reduction in the free flow of leverage, Goldman Sachs is to rationalize its hedge-fund client list.
This commitment is a result of a strategic plan to rationalize their occupancy in the area and create a co-terminus expiration date for all of their leases.
"This is the latest step in our program to rationalize our production capacity to more effectively balance plant utilization and costs against our customers' changing requirements for pricing, wheel size, design, scheduling and volume," said President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Borick.
It really bothers me when people self-indulge, then rationalize by saying they "deserved it."
At our core, we should also rationalize this preference for action with a sense of simple values that give meaning to the sound and fury so that it does signify something: honesty, commitment, realism, mutual respect--to name a few.
When sanctions are inadequate, suspects can rationalize criminal activity because the benefits simply outweigh the punishment if captured.
The team highlights the need to not only rationalize government expenditures, carry out an institutional reformation of the bureaucracy, but also the need for the Congress to legislate on how the money is spent and how to execute and prepare the budget.
A detailed analysis of the wealth of correspondence on the subject in the department of agriculture journal after 1905 reveals both a sustained attempt by supporters to rationalize divining and a reticence on the part of skeptics to submit to a definitive empirical test.