AskDefine | Define justification

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1 something (such as a fact or circumstance) that shows an action to be reasonable or necessary; "he considered misrule a justification for revolution"
2 a statement in explanation of some action or belief
3 the act of defending or explaining or making excuses for by reasoning; "the justification of barbarous means by holy ends"- H.J.Muller

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  1. Moral excuse used to explain.
  2. In word processing, the way that text is aligned to the left margin (left justification), the right margin (right justification), or both margins (full justification).


moral excuse
text alignment

Extensive Definition

Justification can mean:
justification in Estonian: Õigustus
justification in French: Justification
justification in Portuguese: Justificação

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