from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of justifying.
  • noun The condition or fact of being justified.
  • noun Something, such as a fact or circumstance, that justifies: synonym: apology.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of justifying, or of showing something to be just or right; proof of fairness, propriety, or right intention; vindication; exculpation; upholding.
  • noun Specifically In law: The showing of a sufficient reason in court why a defendant did what he is called to answer: as, a plea in justification.
  • noun Proof by a surety offered for a party of whom security is required in legal proceedings that he is of adequate pecuniary ability.
  • noun In theology, the act by which the soul is reconciled to God.
  • noun The act of adjusting or making exact; the act of fitting together, as the parts of anything: as, the justification of lines or types, in printing.
  • noun Synonyms and Exculpation, exoneration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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
  • noun (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.
  • noun (Theol.) The act of justifying, or the state of being justified, in respect to God's requirements.
  • noun (Print.) Adjustment of type (in printing), or of the final spacing of printed text, by spacing it so as to make it exactly fill a line, or line up at one edge of the allotted portion of the printed page; adjustment of a cut so as to hold it in the right place; also, the leads, quads, etc., used for making such adjustment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A reason, explanation, or excuse which provides convincing, morally acceptable support for behavior or for a belief or occurrence.
  • noun typography The alignment of text to the left margin (left justification), the right margin (right justification), or both margins (full justification).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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  • JM wonders what happens when typists lose their justification.

    June 27, 2011