justification justification  /ˌdʒə stə fə ˈkeɪ ʃən/

Definition(s):

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

Usage(s):

  1. Their topic was Martin Luther's ideas about justification by faith, rancor over which was fast splitting Western Christianity in two.
  2. There is no justification for that.
  3. Increasingly, however, the justification for plea bargaining as a necessary evil is being questioned.

News

  1. Intelligence community provides fuller justification for data collection

    The intelligence community has provided Congress additional counterterrorism justification for the government's controversial stockpiles of telephone and Internet records.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: WGAL 8 Susquehanna Valley

  2. DA: Reedsburg man used Bible as justification for molestation

    Prosecutors say a Reedsburg man used the Bible as justification for molesting a young child.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Reedsburg Times-Press

  3. Judge bans Fort Hood suspect's defense strategy

    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A uniformed Army psychiatrist had no justification for gunning down U.S. troops and won't be allowed to tell jurors that he was protecting Taliban leaders in Afghanistan, a military judge ruled Friday, appearing to clear the way for the Fort Hood murder trial to begin.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. "The burden is on the president to justify any additional resources for a mission," said Pelosi, D-Calif. "Congress is ready to use its constitutional authority of oversight to question what is the justification for this spending, what are...
    on Jan 7, 2007 By: Nancy Pelosi Source: USA Today

  2. "This latest bombing attack in Islamabad is yet another shocking and disgraceful attack without justification," Miliband said. "Such an indiscriminate and brutal act of terror deserves the condemnation of the entire international community....
    on Sep 20, 2008 By: David Miliband Source: Times Online

  3. "There was no justification whatever ...... for their detention, it was completely unacceptable, wrong and illegal," Blair told the House of Commons, shortly after the Ministry of Defense released satellite data that it said proved the crew was...
    on Mar 28, 2007 By: Tony Blair Source: Forbes

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