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


: "he considered misrule a justification for revolution"

Used in print

(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)

There is no justification for systematizing the random statements of Irenaeus about the image of God beyond this , nor for reading into his imprecise usage the later theological distinction between the image of God ( humanity ) and the similitude of God ( immortality ) .

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circumstance apologize

[ noun ] a statement in explanation of some action or belief

Used in print

(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)

This explains some group ends and provides a justification of their primacy .

(Clement Greenberg, "Collage" in his Art and...)

( This provides whatever real justification there is for the talk about `` reality '' . )

[ noun ] 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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exoneration apologize