What does justification mean?

Definitions for justificationˌdʒʌs tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word justification.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. justification(noun)

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

    "he considered misrule a justification for revolution"

  2. justification(noun)

    a statement in explanation of some action or belief

  3. justification(noun)

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

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


  1. justification(Noun)

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

  2. justification(Noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Justification(noun)

    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

  2. Justification(noun)

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

  3. Justification(noun)

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

  4. Justification(noun)

    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

  5. Origin: [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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tim Kaine:

    There is no legal justification for this.

  2. Jesse Shelley:

    Desire is the only justification for obedience.

  3. The South Carolina sheriff:

    There's no justification for some of Sheriff Leon Lott actions.

  4. C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man:

    It still remains true that no justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous.

  5. Albert Camus, The Fall:

    There are always reasons for murdering a man. But there is no justification for his existence.

Images & Illustrations of justification

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Translations for justification

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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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