justification

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noun jus·ti·fi·ca·tion \ˌjə-stə-fə-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of justification

  1. 1a :  the act or an instance of justifying something :  vindication arguments offered in justification of their choiceb :  an acceptable reason for doing something :  something that justifies an act or way of behaving could provide no justification for his decision

  2. 2 :  the act, process, or state of being justified by God (see justify 2a)

  3. 3 :  the process or result of justifying lines of text (see justify 3a) software that provides automatic justification 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.

Origin and Etymology of justification

see justify


First Known Use: 14th century



JUSTIFICATION Defined for English Language Learners

justification

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noun jus·ti·fi·ca·tion \ˌjə-stə-fə-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of justification for English Language Learners

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


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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