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[ juhs-tuh-fi-key-shuhn ]


  1. a reason, fact, circumstance, or explanation that justifies or defends:

    His insulting you was ample justification for you to leave the party.

  2. an act of justifying:

    The painter's justification of his failure to finish on time didn't impress me.

  3. the state of being justified.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


/ ˌdʒʌstɪfɪˈkeɪʃən /


  1. reasonable grounds for complaint, defence, etc
  2. the act of justifying; proof, vindication, or exculpation
  3. theol
    1. the act of justifying
    2. the process of being justified or the condition of having been justified
  4. Also calledjustification by faith Protestant theol the doctrine that God vindicates only those who repent and believe in Jesus
  5. printing computing the process of adjusting interword spacing in text or data so that both right and left margins are straight
  6. computing the process of moving data right or left so that the first or last character occurs in a predefined position

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Other Words From

  • pre·jus·ti·fi·ca·tion noun
  • re·jus·ti·fi·ca·tion noun
  • su·per·jus·ti·fi·ca·tion noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of justification1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Late Latin jūstificātiōn-, stem of jūstificātiō, from jūstificāt(us) “justified” (past participle of jūstificāre; justify ) + -iō -ion ( def )

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Example Sentences

Politicians are good at finding justifications for doing things they said they wouldn’t.

A traffic violation was the overwhelming justification for a stop, followed by an officer’s reasonable suspicion that someone was engaged in criminal activity.

As the Tampa Bay Times reports, this approach can provide algorithmic justification for further police harassment of minority and low-income communities.

They called on the state’s attorney and chief of police to sign off on any no-knock warrant, and for the department to require additional justification for serving a warrant at night.

They may contact observers to request specific details about unusual sightings, point out misidentifications, or ask for justification about higher-than-expected numbers reported for a particular species.

Obama has latched on to the failure of the embargo to topple the Castros as justification to shuffle the deck.

Ironically, the same psychological crutch of self-justification can then help in these situations.

How much of a “pass” do I get, if I claim a religious justification?

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.

But at the same time they were not without cause of justification.

Even if this colour scheme will not work, there is still a justification for the Asquithian phrase.

I think that the mere fact that my hair annoys Mr. Baxter is sufficient justification for its length.

The evidence at our disposal, however, gives little justification for such a view.

The peculiar history of the play is my only justification for giving you all these details of its otherwise unimportant career.

But if there is no justification there is at least a very effective excuse in the mental confusedness of our time.





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