What does justification mean?

Definitions for justification
ˌdʒʌs tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃənjus·ti·fi·ca·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. justificationnoun

    something (such as a fact or circumstance) that shows an action to be reasonable or necessary

    "he considered misrule a justification for revolution"

  2. justificationnoun

    a statement in explanation of some action or belief

  3. justificationnoun

    the act of defending or explaining or making excuses for by reasoning

    "the justification of barbarous means by holy ends"- H.J.Muller


  1. justificationnoun

    A reason, explanation, or excuse which provides convincing, morally acceptable support for behavior or for a belief or occurrence.

  2. justificationnoun

    The alignment of text to the left margin (left justification), the right margin (right justification), or both margins (full justification).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Justificationnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. justificatio: cf. F. justification. See Justify.]

  2. Justificationnoun

    the showing in court of a sufficient lawful reason why a party charged or accused did that for which he is called to answer

    Etymology: [L. justificatio: cf. F. justification. See Justify.]

  3. Justificationnoun

    the act of justifying, or the state of being justified, in respect to God's requirements

    Etymology: [L. justificatio: cf. F. justification. See Justify.]

  4. Justificationnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. justificatio: cf. F. justification. See Justify.]


  1. Justification

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'justification' in Nouns Frequency: #1902

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of justification in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of justification in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of justification in a Sentence

  1. Leah Vukmir:

    It’s a law that’s outlived whatever justification it had at first, people who live near the border with Minnesota or Illinois can drive across and buy items at lower prices. And everybody can get bigger discounts by buying things online.

  2. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

    The U.N. Secretary General's remarks give a tailwind to terrorism. There is no justification for terrorism.

  3. John Von Neumann:

    The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations, describes observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely and precisely that it is expected to work.

  4. Lindsay Wiley:

    Arguably, preventing the spread of Covid in workplaces provides the strongest justification for use of an emergency temporary standard that OSHA's seen in its 50-plus year history.

  5. Lolade Siyonbola:

    I don't understand the justification for you being here, i deserve to be here. I pay tuition like everybody else. I'm not going to justify my existence here.

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  • تَبْريرArabic
  • justificacióCatalan, Valencian
  • zarovnání, odůvodnění, zdůvodnění, ospravedlněníCzech
  • Blocksatz, Ausrichtung, Begründung, Zeilenfall, RechtfertigungGerman
  • afiatsotsoEwe
  • δικαιολογία, στοίχιση, απολόγησηGreek
  • justificaciónSpanish
  • توجیهPersian
  • oikeutus, tasausFinnish
  • justificationFrench
  • réasúnIrish
  • औचित्यHindi
  • indokolásHungarian
  • spiegazione, ragione, giustificazione, scusaItalian
  • 正当化, ジャスティフィケーション, 行揃えJapanese
  • rechtvaardigingDutch
  • justyfikacja, usprawiedliwieniePolish
  • justificativaPortuguese
  • justificație, justificareRomanian
  • выравнивание, оправданиеRussian
  • rättfärdiggörelse, rättfärdigande, justeringSwedish
  • సమర్థనTelugu
  • müstenidat, savunma, haklı çıkma, mazeret, gerekçe, temize çıkmaTurkish
  • 理由Chinese

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