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[ UK /d‍ʒˌʌstɪfɪkˈe‍ɪʃən/ ]
[ US /ˌdʒəstəfəˈkeɪʃən/ ]
  1. something (such as a fact or circumstance) that shows an action to be reasonable or necessary
    he considered misrule a justification for revolution
  2. the act of defending or explaining or making excuses for by reasoning
    the justification of barbarous means by holy ends
  3. a statement in explanation of some action or belief
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How To Use justification In A Sentence

  • But of time and of becoming shall the best similes speak: a praise shall they be, and a justification of all perishableness! Thus spake Zarathustra; A book for all and none
  • Is there a justification for retaining the word in literature from the past, when its use would have reflected common parlance?
  • Long grassers drinking and partying habits are used as justification for this persecution.
  • This is without justification either ancient or modern. The Times Literary Supplement
  • She was arrested entirely without justification.
  • There is no justification for allowing illegal traders in open spaces other than the markets.
  • But these considerations cannot be a justification for avoiding substantive political reform. Times, Sunday Times
  • Education may enhance the ability to produce justifications, rather than eliminate racism toutcourt.
  • If anybody's got a persuasive argument in favour of the blasted thing I'll give it a hearing, but I've yet to hear one that doesn't sound like a justification for faffing about instead of working. Archive 2009-06-01
  • The full picture of how the government manipulated the legal justification for war, and political pressure placed on its most senior law officer, is revealed in the newspaper today.
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