Definition of justification in English:



  • 1The action of showing something to be right or reasonable.

    ‘the justification of revolutionary action’
    ‘he made a speech in justification of his career’
    • ‘In particular, war risks underwriters were not interested in justification of the insured value of the vessel.’
    • ‘By whatever arguments killers attempt to make in justification of their acts, they must be punished in accordance to the law.’
    • ‘And the memory of Janet hissing unpleasant things at me in justification of her decision not to let me be her partner in Physics is fading surprisingly quickly.’
    • ‘It's often said in justification of open government that it will restore faith in the institutions of government.’
    • ‘There are no existing criteria that he can appeal to in justification of his act.’
    • ‘So the next time you get a ‘bright idea,’ please give supporting evidence and justification as to why this would be good.’
    • ‘However, Alfred was not just appropriated by those wishing to extol racial destiny and/or imperial manhood in justification of the conduct of the war in South Africa.’
    • ‘But, when we even partially pay for it, what they do has to be justified and when justification is demanded the outcome will almost always be condemnation.’
    • ‘If they pay out upon cheques which are not his, they are acting outside their mandate and cannot plead his authority in justification of their debit to his account.’
    • ‘Indeed, its values are regularly cited in justification of a looming war.’
    • ‘In justification of primarily anti-Western protest movements, it is not difficult to find grievances, inequities, injustices.’
    • ‘As I have pointed out, in justification of her continued cohabitation with the father, the mother, in this court, tried to minimize the domestic assaults.’
    • ‘It seems to me that that is not an argument in justification of inaccuracy, assuming that there is inaccuracy.’
    • ‘The party had merely added a veneer of justification by using its revolutionary pretensions to justify its authoritarian methods.’
    • ‘Less controversial examples could be cited in justification of the right to intervene.’
    • ‘It's going to be dismissed, with reasonable justification, as just another bit of moral-panic propaganda.’
    • ‘In justification of the refusal you imply that these staff are unwilling to supervise you even though they have signed the forms.’
    • ‘Lexical priority is such a stringent condition that a special form of justification will turn out to be necessary for its defense.’
    • ‘But the notion of reliability here is itself a normative one; it would therefore be circular to appeal to it in justification of our normative views.’
    • ‘Such a position is, I suppose, formally possible but it - and not extrapolation - requires special justification.’
    1. 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’
      • ‘Did the difference in treatment have an objective and reasonable justification?’
      • ‘These matters are important, and reasonable justification can be made for implementing rules that facilitate orderly market development.’
      • ‘The reasoned justification showed that this policy was not confined to hazardous waste but included all types of difficult waste.’
      • ‘The idea of increasing their already generous remuneration, without demonstrable justification, is outrageous.’
      • ‘The claim is always of ‘falling standards’ - a claim without justification or substance.’
      • ‘Despite concern in some quarters over the health risks associated with gasoline lead, there is environmental justification to support the retention of leaded fuel for a longer period.’
      • ‘There is no justification or support for such mindless actions.’
      • ‘No scientific or technical justification is given in support.’
      • ‘The justification in support of this argument is that the characteristics of an Indian remain the same whether he is in the civil or the Army.’
      • ‘In our respectful submission, a party in our client's position is entitled to costs in the events which happened and that the opposition to it is without reasonable justification.’
      • ‘The arch is a fashionable solution just now, and there is reasonable engineering justification.’
      • ‘Discrimination needs to have a reasonable objective justification.’
      • ‘Many have provided scriptural justification to support their arguments.’
      • ‘Subsequent letters to objectors give no reasons or justification for dismissing such objections.’
      • ‘The use of armed force without a moral cause or reasonable justification will not be popular.’
      • ‘Then she used that request as her justification to make the special assignment.’
      • ‘There is no objective and reasonable justification which can be identified for the restriction.’
      • ‘Our answer to that, your Honour, is that the reasonable justification is to be found in clause 44, not, with respect, in the law which infringes on it.’
      • ‘But looking through the list, I come across names whose inclusion defies any reasonable justification.’
      • ‘It also requires school officials to demonstrate some reasonable educational justification before they can censor anything.’
      grounds, reason, just cause, basis, rationale, premise, rationalization, vindication, warrant, foundation, explanation, excuse
      defence, argument, apologia, apology, case
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  • 2Theology
    The action of declaring or making righteous in the sight of God.

    • ‘The cosmic goal of righteousness suggests an eschatological dimension to justification.’
    • ‘We lean on the righteousness of Christ for justification.’
    • ‘The Bible describes the act of justification as a declaration of righteousness upon a heart that is not righteous.’
    • ‘To deny imputed righteousness is to gut justification entirely.’
    • ‘We must remember that behind justification by faith is righteousness, which follows from covenant.’
  • 3Printing
    The action or manner of justifying a line of type or piece of text.

    • ‘This section covers changing the font, style, size, orientation, justification, and inter-line spacing.’
    • ‘This article will provide information about each type of justification and how it can be used with Arabic script languages.’