Definition of justification
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 : the act, process, or state of being justified by God (see justify 2a)
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
He tried to present a justification for his behavior.
There is no possible justification for what she did.
His behavior is without justification.
Origin and Etymology of justification
First Known Use: 14th century
JUSTIFICATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of justification for English Language Learners
: an acceptable reason for doing something : something that justifies an action
JUSTIFICATION Defined for Kids
Definition of justification for Students
1 : the act or an instance of proving to be just, right, or reasonable
2 : sufficient reason to show that an action is correct or acceptable
Legal Definition of justification
1 : the act or an instance of justifying
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 : the affirmative defense of having a legally sufficient justification — compare excuse
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