American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Serving as justification.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Justifying; having power to justify; justificatory.
- adj. justificatory
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having power to justify; justificatory.
- adj. attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing
- adj. providing justification
“The article is dignified, reasonable, and entirely predictable, essentially a piÃ¨ce justificative, adding nothing new to the controversy or to the original essay apart from the substitution of DNA for the Second Law of Thermodynamics as a test of scientific literacy.”
“But that it could have been used as a piece justificative, with all its errors, when the Babylonians could at once have refuted it, is incredible.”
“Its emphasis on treaties and boundaries has led to the idea that it was compiled from the archives as a sort of diplomatic pièce justificative in a controversy with Babylonia over the possession of a definite territory.”
“Clearly, this is the language of a display inscription and not of a diplomatic piece justificative.”
“It is inserted as what the French call a _pièce justificative_ in Pitcairn's Criminal”
“Unconsciously insincere, like the majority of people in their justificative confessions, Balzac often allowed his heart to intrude where it had no business to be present.”
“I am loth to rake up any of these ancient scandals from their well-deserved oblivion; but I must make good a statement which may seem overcharged to the present generation, and there is no _pièce justificative_ more apt for the purpose or more worthy of such dishonour than the article in the _Quarterly Review_ for July,”
“I am loth to rake up any of these ancient scandals from their well-deserved oblivion; but I must make good a statement which may seem overcharged to the present generation, and there is no piece justificative more apt for the purpose or more worthy of such dishonour than the article in the Quarterly Review for July,”
“There is no justificative formula for its existence any more than for any other artistic achievement.”
“He suffered her to compute the cost of their stay at Niagara without allowing those three dollars to enter into her calculation; he even began to think what justificative extravagance he could tempt her to.”
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