Definitions of justification

  1. a statement in explanation of some action or belief
  2. the act of defending or explaining or making excuses for by reasoning; " the justification of barbarous means by holy ends"- H. J. Muller
  3. something ( such as a fact or circumstance) that shows an action to be reasonable or necessary; " he considered misrule a justification for revolution"
  4. The act of justifying or the state of being justified; a showing or proving to be just or conformable to law, justice, right, or duty; defense; vindication; support; as, arguments in justification of the prisoner's conduct; his disobedience admits justification.
  5. The showing in court of a sufficient lawful reason why a party charged or accused did that for which he is called to answer.
  6. The act of justifying, or the state of being justified, in respect to God's requirements.
  7. Adjustment of type by spacing it so as to make it exactly fill a line, or of a cut so as to hold it in the right place; also, the leads, quads, etc., used for making such adjustment.
  8. The act of showing a thing to be right; acceptable excuse; defense.
  9. Justificatory.
  10. Vindication: absolution: a plea of sufficient reason for.
  11. Act of justifying; vindication.
  12. The state of being justified.
  13. The act of justifying; vindication; defence; the showing of a sufficient reason in court for bringing an action; the divine act of acquitting a sinner, and accepting him as just; the act of adjusting. See Justify.
  14. A plea of sufficient reason; vindication; defence; deliverance by pardon from past sins; in theol., the treating of sinful man as if he were just or righteous in the sight of God, for the sake of the merits of Christ Jesus.

Usage examples for justification

  1. Apart from the Tea- Party, no word or act of town meeting or of legislature, or even of any prominent citizen, needed for justification anything more than the ancient charter rights of the province. – The Siege of Boston by Allen French
  2. The more she thought of it, the less easy seemed the justification of her desire for obscurity. – The Hand of Ethelberta by Thomas Hardy
  3. It is only, indeed, in the maternal function and relation that the female traits of both tigress and primal woman awake, and find justification, impulse, and scope for development. – Feminism and Sex-Extinction by Arabella Kenealy
  4. Now whether it was from an impulse of honesty towards her, or of justification of himself, I cannot tell, but he instantly returned: " Do you know that his money is stolen?" – Weighed and Wanting by George MacDonald
  5. In justification of this he stated that " a crowd of Ribbonmen assembled round his house." – The Life Story of an Old Rebel by John Denvir
  6. " That ball is sufficient justification for ourselves, I allow," she said, that one little word our making up for all that had gone before. – The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte M. Yonge
  7. Moral ideas may appear in both poetry and life as the inspiration and justification of struggle. – The Approach to Philosophy by Ralph Barton Perry
  8. Perhaps there is some reason or justification; all I can say is I have not heard it, neither can I imagine what it can be. – With the "Die-Hards" in Siberia by John Ward
  9. It is even necessary that I should do so, in the design of making this discourse the foundation of my justification to the Tories at present, and to the whole world in time. – Letters to Sir William Windham and Mr. Pope by Lord Bolingbroke
  10. And this, first of all, is the act of our justification." – Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church by Friedrich Bente
  11. For my justification I can plead only my own wrongs, and your beauty. – The White Gauntlet by Mayne Reid
  12. For the latter there is always a psychological, if not a logical, justification. – An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton
  13. It is pointed out that the plain man's belief in the activity of his mind and his notion of the significance of purposes and ends are not without justification. – An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton
  14. And I can tell you that your fears have no justification. – Pagan Passions by Gordon Randall Garrett Laurence Mark Janifer
  15. He asked gently, " Do you offer that fact as an explanation, or as a justification." – Their Silver Wedding Journey by William Dean Howells
  16. Surely we have no justification for our privileged position. – On the Significance of Science and Art from What to Do? by Count Lyof N. Tolstoi
  17. " He is honest," Don Andres asserted more than once on the ride home, perhaps in self- justification for his soft dealing. – The Gringos by B. M. Bower
  18. But this is scarcely a sufficient justification. – The Pros and Cons of Vivisection by Charles Richet Commentator: W. D. Halliburton
  19. He found in all this tumult a justification for the tempest in his soul. – The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss