justification


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Justification \Jus`ti*fi*ca"tion\, n. [L. justificatio: cf. F.
   justification. See Justify.]
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   1. 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;
      as, arguments in justification of the prisoner's conduct;
      his disobedience admits justification.
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            I hope, for my brother's justification, he wrote
            this but as an essay or taste of my virtue. --Shak.
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   2. (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.
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   3. (Theol.) The act of justifying, or the state of being
      justified, in respect to God's requirements.
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            Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised
            again for our justification.          --Rom. iv. 25.
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            In such righteousness
            To them by faith imputed, they may find
            Justification toward God, and peace
            Of conscience.                        --Milton.
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   4. (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; as, left
      justification is the most common format for simple
      letters, but left and right justification is typically
      used in books.
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