justification

noun

jus·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌjə-stə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce justification (audio)
1
a
: the act or an instance of justifying something : vindication
arguments offered in justification of their choice
b
: 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 sense 2a)
3
: the process or result of justifying lines of text (see justify sense 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Few films before have shown the horrors of enslavement as vividly or as candidly, and none compare with this film’s demonstration of the legal and religious justifications or delve into the unimaginable gender conflicts tied up in the horrific institution. John Ortved, Vogue, 14 June 2024 In a 1979 memo posted to its website, Denver Art Museum officials indicated ambivalence at giving back a war god to the Zuni tribe of New Mexico — citing many of the same justifications that museums long have used, and continue to use, to rebuff repatriation claims. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, 10 June 2024 Further Reading Chrome’s next weapon in the War on Ad Blockers: Slower extension updates Comments from the Firefox team have also cast doubt on Google's justification for Manifest V3. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 31 May 2024 The justification for these policies, set 30 years ago as a means of preventing HIV transmission, has been undercut by the knowledge gained through scientific progress. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for justification 

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Word History

Etymology

see justify

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of justification was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near justification

Cite this Entry

“Justification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/justification. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

justification

noun
jus·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌjəs-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce justification (audio)
1
: the act or an instance of justifying or of being justified
2
: something that justifies : defense

Legal Definition

justification

noun
jus·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌjəs-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce justification (audio)
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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