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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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Jessie De Witt Huberts of Utrecht University says that we are expert rationalizers when it comes to finding a reason to eat more.
I call them "conventional rationalizers" and "crazy rationalists."
On these and many other questions, rationalizers changed their minds.
In too many cases, he chooses not to act, a choice that gives him immediate membership into the club of rationalizers, rationalizers who usually assess the situation by saying: "Well, I wasn't good enough anyway."