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[self-juhs-tuh-fahy-ing, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈdʒʌs təˌfaɪ ɪŋ, ˈsɛlf-/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And in these days of his first devotion to Romola he needed a self-justifying argument.

    Romola George Eliot
  • And it is of the nature of vanity and arrogance, if unchecked, to become cruel and self-justifying.

  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for self-justifying


offering excuses for one's behaviour, often when they are not called for
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