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cognitive dissonancenoun [U]

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HR an uncomfortable ​feeling that comes from believing or ​thinking two different things that cannot both be ​right. This ​feeling might be caused, for ​example, when someone ​wants to or has to do something that they believe to be wrong: I got a sense of ​cognitive dissonance when I ​bought a ​car that was more ​expensive than I could ​afford.
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