Definition of justification in English:

justification

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’
    • ‘Such a position is, I suppose, formally possible but it - and not extrapolation - requires special justification.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's often said in justification of open government that it will restore faith in the institutions of government.’
    • ‘In particular, war risks underwriters were not interested in justification of the insured value of the vessel.’
    • ‘Less controversial examples could be cited in justification of the right to intervene.’
    • ‘There are no existing criteria that he can appeal to in justification of his act.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The party had merely added a veneer of justification by using its revolutionary pretensions to justify its authoritarian methods.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's going to be dismissed, with reasonable justification, as just another bit of moral-panic propaganda.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In justification of the refusal you imply that these staff are unwilling to supervise you even though they have signed the forms.’
    • ‘In justification of primarily anti-Western protest movements, it is not difficult to find grievances, inequities, injustices.’
    • ‘By whatever arguments killers attempt to make in justification of their acts, they must be punished in accordance to the law.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It seems to me that that is not an argument in justification of inaccuracy, assuming that there is inaccuracy.’
    • ‘So the next time you get a ‘bright idea,’ please give supporting evidence and justification as to why this would be good.’
    • ‘Lexical priority is such a stringent condition that a special form of justification will turn out to be necessary for its defense.’
    • ‘Indeed, its values are regularly cited in justification of a looming war.’
    1. 1.1 Good 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’
      • ‘The idea of increasing their already generous remuneration, without demonstrable justification, is outrageous.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then she used that request as her justification to make the special assignment.’
      • ‘Many have provided scriptural justification to support their arguments.’
      • ‘Discrimination needs to have a reasonable objective justification.’
      • ‘The reasoned justification showed that this policy was not confined to hazardous waste but included all types of difficult waste.’
      • ‘These matters are important, and reasonable justification can be made for implementing rules that facilitate orderly market development.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No scientific or technical justification is given in support.’
      • ‘There is no objective and reasonable justification which can be identified for the restriction.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Did the difference in treatment have an objective and reasonable justification?’
      • ‘The claim is always of ‘falling standards’ - a claim without justification or substance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The use of armed force without a moral cause or reasonable justification will not be popular.’
      • ‘But looking through the list, I come across names whose inclusion defies any reasonable justification.’
      • ‘There is no justification or support for such mindless actions.’
      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 Bible describes the act of justification as a declaration of righteousness upon a heart that is not righteous.’
    • ‘We must remember that behind justification by faith is righteousness, which follows from covenant.’
    • ‘We lean on the righteousness of Christ for justification.’
    • ‘The cosmic goal of righteousness suggests an eschatological dimension to justification.’
    • ‘To deny imputed righteousness is to gut justification entirely.’
  • 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.’

Pronunciation:

justification

/dʒʌstɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/