Definition of two wrongs don't make a right in English:

two wrongs don't make a right

phrase

proverb
  • The fact that someone has done something unjust or dishonest is no justification for acting in a similar way.

    • ‘I quite agree with the learned maestro that two wrongs don't make a right, but I do believe that the same decision should be given in both cases which as I have pointed out are identical, even if my decision was wrong.’
    • ‘There are other takeaways causing problems, but two wrongs don't make a right.’
    • ‘I know that but two wrongs don't make a right but I just don't want to be a part of this anymore.’
    • ‘Even if it's the case that the people who download this are trying to get illegal files, two wrongs don't make a right.’
    • ‘By this absurd reasoning, it was wrong to revolt against King George in the first place because we had to use force to get him out and, after all, two wrongs don't make a right, right?’
    • ‘Yeah, yeah, two wrongs don't make a right but I challenge anyone to witness the fear in the eyes of those poor kids and not feel a protective primeval urge to do something about it.’
    • ‘As parents, we teach our children not to retaliate and that two wrongs don't make a right.’
    • ‘The answers generally fell into two categories: The end justifies the means or two wrongs don't make a right.’
    • ‘‘What one forgets is that these prisoners have been victims too, and two wrongs don't make a right,’ Mr Ellis said.’
    • ‘As the saying goes, in this circumstance, two wrongs don't make a right, regardless of his assumptions about legal and fiduciary responsibilities.’