Meaning of “cognitive dissonance” in the English Dictionary

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"cognitive dissonance" in British English

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cognitive dissonancenoun [ U ]

/ˌkɒɡ.nɪ.tɪv ˈdɪs.ən.əns/ /ˌkɑːɡ.nɪ.t̬ɪv ˈdɪs.ən.əns/ specialized

a state in which there is a difference between your experiences or behaviour and your beliefs about what is true:

Cognitive dissonance may allow people to reconcile reports that the war is not going well with their belief that it is going well.

(Definition of “cognitive dissonance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cognitive dissonance" in Business English

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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.

(Definition of “cognitive dissonance” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)