An explanation in which apparently logical reasons are given to justify unacceptable behavior. In psychoanalytical theory, such an outlook is regarded as a defense mechanism against feelings of guilt.
What is RATIONALIZATION?
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RATIONALIZATION: "When he said he did it so that he would fit in with the group, Melvin was merely rationalizing."
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