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)

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)

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

-- Stephen Harper (Canadian Politician)

People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.

-- Isaac Bashevis Singer (American Novelist)

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

-- Robert M. Hutchins (American Educator)

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 another side to chivalry. If it dispenses leniency, it may with equal justification invoke control.

-- Freda Adler (American Educator)

Government, which does not and did not grant us our rights, must not now seek to deny them by using fear as its justification.

-- Malcolm Wallop (American Politician)

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

-- Thomas Huxley (English Scientist)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.

-- C. S. Lewis ( Author)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Jessica Walter (American Actress)

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

-- Bruce Jackson ( Public Servant)

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)

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 ( -)

Let me say this as clearly as I can: No matter how sharp a grievance or how deep a hurt, there is no justification for killing innocents.

-- William J. Clinton (American President)

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)

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)

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)

Dealing with complexity is an inefficient and unnecessary waste of time, attention and mental energy. There is never any justification for things being complex when they could be simple.

-- Edward de Bono (English Psychologist)

Lutherans, whose arguments and mistakes will not be difficult to contest or discover, do not want to attribute any value to works, and they do not understand enough the scope of the justification.

-- Michael Servetus (Spanish Scientist)

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)

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

-- Dario Fo (Italian Playwright)

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)

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)

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