- a reason, fact, circumstance, or explanation that justifies or defends: His insulting you was ample justification for you to leave the party.
- an act of justifying: The painter's justification of his failure to finish on time didn't impress me.
- the state of being justified.
- Also called justification by faith. Theology. the act of God whereby humankind is made or accounted just, or free from guilt or penalty of sin.
- Printing. the spacing of words and letters within a line of type so that all full lines in a column have even margins both on the left and on the right.
Origin of justification
Related Words for justificationconfirmation, apology, basis, explanation, vindication, argument, rationale, rationalization, pretext, approval, idea, wherefore, defense, absolution, palliation, story, support, mitigation, answer, reply
Examples from the Web for justification
Contemporary Examples of justification
Obama has latched on to the failure of the embargo to topple the Castros as justification to shuffle the deck.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
I think maybe it was the justification he used for that and how he treated my mum for having what he thought was an affair.Alan Cumming: The Truth About My Father
October 14, 2014
But at the same time they were not without cause of justification.‘The Good Wife’ Star Mike Colter Defends Lemond Bishop’s Killer Instincts
September 29, 2014
Every lie she tells, every act of violence—she finds the justification for.Inside 'Sons of Anarchy's' Final Season: Creator Kurt Sutter on the Most Brutal Season Yet
September 10, 2014
Dickinson pointed to sexist attacks on Nancy Pelosi made by some on the right-wing as justification for his harassment of Jones.He Humiliates Women Online and In His Strip Club, Like a Good Liberal
July 13, 2014
Historical Examples of justification
He would at least himself stand amid no small amount of justification.Weighed and Wanting
His justification would then be too conclusive to admit of question.
Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
Here no voice was raised in its favor—no word of justification advanced in its behalf.Ridgeway
In his heart he knew there was justification for her indictment, truth in what she had said.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
- reasonable grounds for complaint, defence, etc
- the act of justifying; proof, vindication, or exculpation
- the act of justifying
- the process of being justified or the condition of having been justified
- Also called: justification by faith Protestant theol the doctrine that God vindicates only those who repent and believe in Jesus
- printing computing the process of adjusting interword spacing in text or data so that both right and left margins are straight
- computing the process of moving data right or left so that the first or last character occurs in a predefined position
late 14c., "administration of justice," from Late Latin iustificationem (nominative iustificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of iustificare (see justify). Meaning "action of justifying" is from late 15c. Theological sense is from 1520s.