Justification

Definition of Justification

Jus`ti`fi`ca´tion
n.1.
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.
I hope, for my brother's justification, he wrote this but as an essay or taste of my virtue.
- Shak.
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.
3.(Theol.) The act of justifying, or the state of being justified, in respect to God's requirements.
Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.
- Rom. iv. 25.
In such righteousness
To them by faith imputed, they may find
Justification toward God, and peace
Of conscience.
- Milton.
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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