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the end justifies the means

Definition of the end justifies the means in English:

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
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  • 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.
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