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justification

jus·ti·fi·ca·tion

justification

 
pronunciation:
juh stih fih keI shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: something that explains, justifies, or defends, as an explanation or supporting evidence.
She cited his cruelty to her as justification for her violent action against him.You make a strong claim in your first paragraph, but you don't provide much justification for it.
similar words:
alibi, apology, cause, defense, excuse, explanation, plea, rationale, warrant
definition 2: the act of justifying or state of being justified.
similar words:
excuse