Definition of the end justifies the means in English:

the end justifies the means

Wrong or unfair methods may be used if the overall goal is good: we excuse our greed by claiming that the end justifies the means
More example sentences
  • I understand that for them the end justifies the means, but I can't help worrying about where society will eventually draw the line.
  • A career cop who followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, he believes the end justifies the means.
  • But I still cannot believe in the idea that the end justifies the means.
See parent entry: end

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day internecine
Pronunciation: ˌɪntəˈniːsʌɪn
adjective
destructive to both sides in a conflict