- offering excuses for oneself, especially in excess of normal demands.
- automatically adjusting printed or typed lines to fill a given space, especially to conform to a rigid margin.
Origin of self-justifying
First recorded in 1730–40
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Examples from the Web for self-justifying
And it was to them, and to some future self-justifying narrative, that Morsi was really speaking.The Mexican Standoff in Egypt
July 3, 2013
And in these days of his first devotion to Romola he needed a self-justifying argument.Romola
And it is of the nature of vanity and arrogance, if unchecked, to become cruel and self-justifying.Impressions of Theophrastus Such
The rules which obtain among themselves appear to them self-evident and self-justifying.On Liberty
John Stuart Mill
The presentation of facts is self-justifying only when the facts are developed in their true proportion.The Armed Forces Officer
U. S. Department of Defense
- offering excuses for one's behaviour, often when they are not called for
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