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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.
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Quotes of justification

  1. But in the first Gulf war the United Kingdom was not under any threat from Iraq, and is still less so in the second one. Then there is no justification for obstructing freedom of information, particularly as nations have a right to know what their soldiers are being used for. – Kate Adie
  2. Dealing with complexity is an inefficient and unnecessary waste of time, attention and mental energy. There is never any justification for things being complex when they could be simple. – Edward de Bono
  3. The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions, at certain stages of history, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and even threaten human survival. – Noam Chomsky
  4. Let me say this as clearly as I can: No matter how sharp a grievance or how deep a hurt, there is no justification for killing innocents. – William J. Clinton
  5. The man of science has learned to believe in justification not by faith, but by verification. – Thomas Huxley
  6. We have a responsibility as a state to protect our most vulnerable citizens: our children, seniors, people with disabilities. That is our moral obligation. But there is an economic justification too- we all pay when the basic needs of our citizens are unmet. – John Lynch
  7. If I have any justification for having lived it's simply, I'm nothing but faults, failures and so on, but I have tried to make a good pair of shoes. There's some value in that. – Arthur Miller
  8. But at the same time, the commonplace statement about them is true: every character is the hero of his own story. Each has a justification for his actions that is convincing to him. It's fun to give these people voices. – Thomas Perry
  9. Woman: the peg on which the wit hangs his jest, the preacher his text, the cynic his grouch and the sinner his justification – Helen Rowland
  10. Lutherans, whose arguments and mistakes will not be difficult to contest or discover, do not want to attribute any value to works, and they do not understand enough the scope of the justification – Michael Servetus
  11. Saving faith is an immediate relation to Christ, accepting, receiving, resting upon Him alone, for justification sanctification, and eternal life by virtue of God's grace. – Charles Spurgeon
  12. There is no real justification for a requirement that a budget of any sort should be balanced, except as a rallying point for those who seek to hamstring government. – William Vickrey
  13. Desperate? That can be a justification for all kinds of behavior. – Jessica Walter

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

Rhymes for justification