Definition of justification in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʒʌstɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action of showing something to be right or reasonable: the justification of revolutionary action he made a speech in justification of his career
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  • Indeed, its values are regularly cited in justification of a looming war.
  • There are no existing criteria that he can appeal to in justification of his act.
  • It seems to me that that is not an argument in justification of inaccuracy, assuming that there is inaccuracy.
1.1Good reason for something that exists or has been done: there is no justification for an increase in charges [count noun]: all these incidents were used again as a justification for my sacking
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  • Subsequent letters to objectors give no reasons or justification for dismissing such objections.
  • It also requires school officials to demonstrate some reasonable educational justification before they can censor anything.
  • The arch is a fashionable solution just now, and there is reasonable engineering justification.
grounds, reason, just cause, basis, rationale, premise, rationalization, vindication, warrant, foundation, explanation, excuse;
defence, argument, apologia, apology, case
2 Theology The action of declaring or making righteous in the sight of God.
Example sentences
  • The Bible describes the act of justification as a declaration of righteousness upon a heart that is not righteous.
  • The cosmic goal of righteousness suggests an eschatological dimension to justification.
  • We lean on the righteousness of Christ for justification.
3 Printing The action or manner of justifying a line of type or piece of text.
Example sentences
  • This article will provide information about each type of justification and how it can be used with Arabic script languages.
  • This section covers changing the font, style, size, orientation, justification, and inter-line spacing.

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