something (such as a fact or circumstance) that shows an action to be reasonable or necessary
"he considered misrule a justification for revolution"
a statement in explanation of some action or belief
the act of defending or explaining or making excuses for by reasoning
"the justification of barbarous means by holy ends"- H.J.Muller
A reason, explanation, or excuse which provides convincing, morally acceptable support for behavior or for a belief or occurrence.
The alignment of text to the left margin (left justification), the right margin (right justification), or both margins (full justification).
the act of justifying or the state of being justified; a showing or proving to be just or conformable to law, justice, right, or duty; defense; vindication; support; as, arguments in justification of the prisoner's conduct; his disobedience admits justification
the showing in court of a sufficient lawful reason why a party charged or accused did that for which he is called to answer
the act of justifying, or the state of being justified, in respect to God's requirements
adjustment of type by spacing it so as to make it exactly fill a line, or of a cut so as to hold it in the right place; also, the leads, quads, etc., used for making such adjustment
Origin: [L. justificatio: cf. F. justification. See Justify.]
Justification, in Christian theology, is God's act of removing the guilt and penalty of sin while at the same time declaring a sinner righteous through Christ's atoning sacrifice. In Protestantism, righteousness from God is viewed as being credited to the sinner's account through faith alone, without works. The means of justification is an area of significant difference between Catholics/Eastern Orthodox and Protestants. Broadly speaking, Catholic and Orthodox Christians distinguish between initial justification, which in their view occurs at baptism, and permanent justification, accomplished after a lifetime of striving to do God's will. Most Protestants believe that justification is a singular act in which God declares an unrighteous individual to be righteous, an act made possible because Christ was legally "made sin" while on the cross. Justification is granted to all who exercise faith, and that is viewed as a gift from God by Lutherans and Calvinists, who use Eph 2:8, as well as Acts 16:14 and Phil 1:29 to support that belief. Catholics and Eastern Orthodox use Galatians 5:19-21 and Matthew 19:17 to support their belief that justification is kept through avoiding grave sins. Justification is seen by Protestants as being the theological fault line that divided Catholic from Protestant during the Protestant Reformation.
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Rank popularity for the word 'justification' in Nouns Frequency: #1902
The numerical value of justification in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of justification in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There is only one justification for universities, as distinguished from trade schools. They must be centers of criticism.
There is no justification without sanctification, no forgiveness without renewal of life, no real faith from which the fruits of new obedience do not grow.
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
There wouldn't be any justification that we're in a state of war because the Americans are constantly attacking us. They won't be able to justify it, at least not to their friends.
There's a trend for them to use the criminal justice system as justification for getting information from you, for searching your house, they're doing it to essentially deter us from escalating the movement.
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- justificacióCatalan, Valencian
- zarovnání, odůvodnění, zdůvodnění, ospravedlněníCzech
- Blocksatz, Ausrichtung, Begründung, Zeilenfall, RechtfertigungGerman
- δικαιολογία, στοίχιση, απολόγησηGreek
- oikeutus, tasausFinnish
- spiegazione, ragione, giustificazione, scusaItalian
- 正当化, ジャスティフィケーション, 行揃えJapanese
- justyfikacja, usprawiedliwieniePolish
- justificație, justificareRomanian
- выравнивание, оправданиеRussian
- rättfärdiggörelse, rättfärdigande, justeringSwedish
- müstenidat, savunma, haklı çıkma, mazeret, gerekçe, temize çıkmaTurkish
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