Definitions for: Justification

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

Webster (1913) Definition: Jus`ti*fi*ca"tion, n. [L. justificatio: cf. F.
justification. See Justify.]
1. 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.

I hope, for my brother's justification, he wrote
this but as an essay or taste of my virtue. --Shak.

2. (Law) 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. (Theol.) The act of justifying, or the state of being
justified, in respect to God's requirements.

Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised
again for our justification. --Rom. iv. 25.

In such righteousness To them by faith imputed, they
may find Justification toward God, and peace Of
conscience. --Milton.

4. (Print.) 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.

See Also: account, cause, circumstance, condition, consideration, defence, defense, exoneration, explanation, grounds, reason, vindication, vindication

Famous Quotes Containing Justification:

Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.

-- Joseph Conrad (Polish Novelist)

The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions, at certain stages of history, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and even threaten human survival.

-- Noam Chomsky (American Activist)

God's designs may be frequent justification for our actions, but it is we, the self-made men, who take the credit.

-- Arthur Erickson (Canadian Architect)

Moral justification is a powerful disengagement mechanism. Destructive conduct is made personally and socially acceptable by portraying it in the service of moral ends. This is why most appeals against violent means usually fall on deaf ears.

-- Albert Bandura (Canadian Psychologist)

I don't see any justification for the federal government owning land, other than the Statue of Liberty and maybe a few parks, maybe a few refuges. But to just own land to do nothing with it I think is a disservice to the Constitution.

-- Don Young (American Politician)

This is true only because the purposes and objectives of the Committee for Industrial Organization find economic, social, political and moral justification in the hearts of the millions who are its members and the millions more who support it.

-- John L. Lewis ( Leader)

These irresponsible acts, which cannot have any justification whatsoever, are to be fully condemned. In these appalling circumstances, I want to offer you the most sincere condolences, both in my name and in that of the French people.

-- Jacques Chirac (French Statesman)

No: war material is life-saving for one's own people and whoever works and performs in these spheres can be proud of it; here enterprise as a whole finds its highest justification of existence.

-- Gustav Krupp (German Businessman)

If I have any justification for having lived it's simply, I'm nothing but faults, failures and so on, but I have tried to make a good pair of shoes. There's some value in that.

-- Arthur Miller (American Playwright)

Desperate? That can be a justification for all kinds of behavior.

-- Jessica Walter (American Actress)

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.

-- John Kenneth Galbraith (American Economist)

On the justification for the war, it wasn't related to finding any particular weapon of mass destruction.

-- Stephen Harper (Canadian Politician)

Woman: the peg on which the wit hangs his jest, the preacher his text, the cynic his grouch and the sinner his justification.

-- Helen Rowland (American Writer)

Nevertheless, the mode, the justification, and all the games involved in this war were dishonest.

-- Dario Fo (Italian Playwright)

An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.

-- C. S. Lewis ( Author)

A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature.

-- Guillaume Apollinaire (French Novelist)

But in the first Gulf war the United Kingdom was not under any threat from Iraq, and is still less so in the second one. Then there is no justification for obstructing freedom of information, particularly as nations have a right to know what their soldiers are being used for.

-- Kate Adie (British Journalist)

A lot of people in spiritual life use the awareness of difference, and the spiritual glorification of difference, as a justification to indulge in that which is ultimately unreal.

-- Andrew Cohen (American Writer)

Since we have placed justification in the revelation of Jesus Christ formed and brought forth in the heart, there working his works of righteousness and bringing forth the fruits of the Spirit.

-- Robert Barclay (Scottish Writer)

Simply because my people are hungry, that is no justification to give them poison, to give them genetically modified food that is intrinsically dangerous to their health.

-- Levy Mwanawsa ( -)

We have a responsibility as a state to protect our most vulnerable citizens: our children, seniors, people with disabilities. That is our moral obligation. But there is an economic justification too - we all pay when the basic needs of our citizens are unmet.

-- John Lynch (American Politician)

The man of science has learned to believe in justification, not by faith, but by verification.

-- Thomas Huxley (English Scientist)

If we wish to preserve a free society, it is essential that we recognize that the desirability of a particular object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion.

-- Friedrich August von Hayek (Austrian Economist)

All too often, academic departments defend their territory with the passion of cornered animals, though with far less justification.

-- Bruce Jackson ( Public Servant)

Self-justification is a treacherous servant.

-- Wellington Mara (American Businessman)

Every philosophical problem, when it is subjected to the necessary analysis and justification, is found either to be not really philosophical at all, or else to be, in the sense in which we are using the word, logical.

-- Bertrand Russell (British Philosopher)

Eroticism has its own moral justification because it says that pleasure is enough for me; it is a statement of the individual's sovereignty.

-- Mario Vargas Llosa (Peruvian Writer)

If you want to study one of these strange organisms, you had better have a good justification. It's not good to study gene organisation in some obscure insect that no one's ever heard about.

-- Thomas R. Cech (American Scientist)

There is only one justification for universities, as distinguished from trade schools. They must be centers of criticism.

-- Robert M. Hutchins (American Educator)

But at the same time, the commonplace statement about them is true: every character is the hero of his own story. Each has a justification for his actions that is convincing to him. It's fun to give these people voices.

-- Thomas Perry (German Musician)

What our leaders and pundits never let slip is that the terrorists - whatever else they might be - might also be rational human beings; which is to say that in their own minds they have a rational justification for their actions.

-- William Blum (American Author)

Even a polemic has some justification if one considers that my own first poetic experiments began during a dictatorship and mark the origin of the Hermetic movement.

-- Salvatore Quasimodo (Italian Author)

Saving faith is an immediate relation to Christ, accepting, receiving, resting upon Him alone, for justification, sanctification, and eternal life by virtue of God's grace.

-- Charles Spurgeon (British Clergyman)

There is no real justification for a requirement that a budget of any sort should be balanced, except as a rallying point for those who seek to hamstring government.

-- William Vickrey (Canadian Educator)

I admit that the eyes of the intellectually and culturally lively tend to glaze over at the mere mention of sociology, often with ample justification.

-- Richard Wall (British Writer)

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