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JUSTIFICATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does justification mean? 

JUSTIFICATION (noun)
  The noun JUSTIFICATION has 3 senses:

1. something (such as a fact or circumstance) that shows an action to be reasonable or necessary
2. a statement in explanation of some action or belief
3. the act of defending or explaining or making excuses for by reasoning

  Familiarity information: JUSTIFICATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


JUSTIFICATION (noun)


Sense 1justification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

he considered misrule a justification for revolution

Hypernyms ("justification" is a kind of...):

circumstance; condition; consideration (information that should be kept in mind when making a decision)


Sense 2justification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A statement in explanation of some action or belief

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("justification" is a kind of...):

account; explanation (a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "justification"):

cause; grounds; reason (a justification for something existing or happening)

defence; defense; vindication (the justification for some act or belief)


Sense 3justification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the justification of barbarous means by holy ends

Hypernyms ("justification" is a kind of...):

exoneration; vindication (the act of vindicating or defending against criticism or censure etc.)


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