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compartmentalization

The division of a building into fire-retardant sections, each of which can be closed off from the others, thereby impeding the spread of fire beyond its place of origin.
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To say, as Cohen does, that a sophisticated public can "compartmentalize" is to disregard the young who are not so sophisticated and have not yet learned to "compartmentalize." They need to see, hear, and learn how people can integrate a morally coherent public and private life.
Therefore, like the scientist who "compartmentalizes," the spiritualist might come to recognize and feel discomfort about this inconsistency and seek to redress it.
It could have intervened in Syria and continued the talks with Iran with the belief that the Islamic regime needs to compartmentalize things as much as Washington does.
Kouros, Southern Methodist University said that children suffer consequences when mom and dad argue or have tension in their relationship, and while moms compartmentalize marital conflict after first day, dads let the negative emotions and tension from their marriage spill over and harm the bond they have with their child.
Most colleges still compartmentalize the academic experience into tidy knowledge chunks.
Seriously, we're professionals; we can compartmentalize and do our job.
One unexpected dividend of this approach is the catalogue's pedagogical use; the essays present an incisive yet thoroughly readable alternative to many available texts on Baroque art, which tend to compartmentalize the material according to genre and artistic biography.