jus·​ti·​fi·​ca·​to·​ry ˌjə-ˈsti-fi-kə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce justificatory (audio)
: tending or serving to justify : vindicatory

Examples of justificatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That was simply justificatory nonsense. Adam Shatz, The New York Review of Books, 29 Sep. 2020 No work is complete without a justificatory explanation stapled to it; shape and color and line are hardly anyone’s concern. Jason Farago, New York Times, 27 June 2021 Yet to the extent that Hilditch is making a moral case for our rights, which again is unclear, that may be his ultimate justificatory argument. Aaron Rhodes, National Review, 24 Aug. 2020 Is Hilditch posing a historical or a theoretical (i.e., justificatory or normative) question? Aaron Rhodes, National Review, 24 Aug. 2020 That indeed is how the Founders went about the matter, in the state-of-nature justificatory tradition. Aaron Rhodes, National Review, 24 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of justificatory was in 1563

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“Justificatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/justificatory. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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