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English noun: justification

1. justification (cognition) something (such as a fact or circumstance) that shows an action to be reasonable or necessary

SamplesHe considered misrule a justification for revolution.

Broader (hypernym)circumstance, condition, consideration

2. justification (communication) a statement in explanation of some action or belief

Broader (hypernym)account, explanation

Narrower (hyponym)cause, defence, defense, grounds, reason, vindication

3. justification (act) the act of defending or explaining or making excuses for by reasoning

SamplesThe justification of barbarous means by holy ends.

Broader (hypernym)exoneration, vindication

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