Definition of the end justifies the means in English:

the end justifies the means

phrase

  • 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’
    • ‘It does not matter how it happens, the end justifies the means.’
    • ‘I understand that for them the end justifies the means, but I can't help worrying about where society will eventually draw the line.’
    • ‘I don't accept that the end justifies the means and I've taken a strong stand on that within the union movement and will continue to do so.’
    • ‘But I still cannot believe in the idea that the end justifies the means.’
    • ‘When the end justifies the means, then everything is permitted.’
    • ‘It's drama at the end of the day, and it's up to the audience to decide if the end justifies the means.’
    • ‘When it comes to winning arguments, they seem to think that the end justifies the means and that truth is an irrelevance.’
    • ‘A career cop who followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, he believes the end justifies the means.’
    • ‘There is a train of thought in some political circles that the end justifies the means.’
    • ‘Maybe at some point he fell into the trap of believing the end justifies the means, that it's OK to mislead somebody to get them to say what you need them to say, because the message is more important than how you get the message.’