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[juh-stif-i-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, juhs-tuh-fi-key-tuh-ree]
  1. serving to justify; providing justification.
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Also jus·ti·fi·ca·tive [juhs-tuh-fi-key-tiv] /ˈdʒʌs tə fɪˌkeɪ tɪv/.

Origin of justificatory

1570–80; < Late Latin justificā(re) to justify + -tory1
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Examples from the Web for justificatory

Historical Examples of justificatory

  • It has been said that this work was printed at Frankfort, with the exception of the justificatory pieces.

    The History of the Inquisition of Spain from the Time of its Establishment to the Reign of Ferdinand VII.

    Juan Antonio Llorente

  • It commences with a justificatory recital of the misdeeds of the Royalists.

  • He had no adequate preparation for it, nor, so far as I could perceive, any justificatory call.

    On the Stairs

    Henry B. Fuller

  • It remains to find the justificatory reason for this retroactive movement of the body, which seems illogical at first sight.

  • He himself published in London in 1803 five octavo volumes of Memoirs, justificatory of his proceedings in that contest.

    Toronto of Old

    Henry Scadding

British Dictionary definitions for justificatory


justificative (ˈdʒʌstɪfɪˌkeɪtɪv)

  1. serving as justification or capable of justifying; vindicatory
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