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defend to justify or give support to; maintain; uphold. [1/4 definitions]
excuse an explanation offered to justify or request pardon for a fault. [1/10 definitions]
legitimize to make acceptable by particular standards or principles; justify. [1/3 definitions]
Niccolò Machiavelli an Italian statesman and author, whose most well-known work is associated with the philosophy that "the ends justify the means" (b.1469--d.1527).
rationalization the act or process of accounting for one's behavior, events, or the like, with seemingly reasonable and logical explanations which are actually self-serving attempts to excuse or justify.
true bill a bill of indictment approved by a grand jury as being supported by enough evidence to justify a trial.
vindicate to show the validity of; justify. [1/2 definitions]