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used in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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to think of a good excuse for behavior that seems bad or unreasonable, and to believe the excuse is good or reasonable — typically done subconsciously and often after the behavior in question
  • She was missing Johnny so terribly and thinking so, to rationalize his not being there.
    Chapter 40 (23% in)
  • "But then," he rationalized, "if I did that, all the other would expect to get 'em handed to 'em.
    Chapter 27 (20% in)

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