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justificatory

[juh-stif-i-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, juhs-tuh-fi-key-tuh-ree] /dʒʌˈstɪf ɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈdʒʌs tə fɪˌkeɪ tə ri/
adjective
1.
serving to justify; providing justification.
Also, justificative
[juhs-tuh-fi-key-tiv] /ˈdʒʌs tə fɪˌkeɪ tɪv/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of justificatory
1570-1580
1570-80; < Late Latin justificā(re) to justify + -tory1
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justificatory

/ˈdʒʌstɪfɪˌkeɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
serving as justification or capable of justifying; vindicatory
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