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justification

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noun jus·ti·fi·ca·tion \ˌjəs-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən\

Simple Definition of justification

  • : an acceptable reason for doing something : something that justifies an action

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of justification

  1. 1 :  the act, process, or state of being justified by God

  2. 2 a :  the act or an instance of justifying :  vindication b :  something that justifies

  3. 3 :  the process or result of justifying lines of text

Examples of justification in a sentence

  1. He tried to present a justification for his behavior.

  2. There is no possible justification for what she did.

  3. His behavior is without justification.



14th Century

First Known Use of justification

14th century



JUSTIFICATION Defined for Kids

justification

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noun jus·ti·fi·ca·tion \ˌjəs-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of justification for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of proving to be just, right, or reasonable

  2. 2 :  sufficient reason to show that an action is correct or acceptable




Law Dictionary

justification

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noun jus·ti·fi·ca·tion \ˌjəs-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən\

Legal Definition of justification

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of justifying

  2. 2 :  something that justifies; specifically :  a legally sufficient reason or cause (as self-defense) for an act that would otherwise be criminal or tortious

  3. 3 :  the affirmative defense of having a legally sufficient justification — compare excuse





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