What does the word justification mean?

Usage examples for justification

  1. It was almost as if war had revived her somewhat fainting faith in Harry's ultimate justification. – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  2. But this I am in pain how to do, without doing myself wrong, and the end I had, of preparing a justification to myself hereafter, when the faults of the Navy come to be found out however, I will do it in the best manner I can. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  3. She wished to quote Almira's example to her own husband, as a justification for her having bought a richer piece of jewelry than he would otherwise have approved of. – Rollo in Geneva by Jacob Abbott