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justifyverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈdʒʌs.tɪ.faɪ/
B2 to give or to be a good ​reason for: [+ -ing verb] I can't really justify taking another ​day off ​work. Are you ​sure that these ​measures are justified?justify yourself B2 If you justify yourself, you give a good ​reason for what you have done: It was the only thing that I could do - I don't have to justify myself to anyone.

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justifyverb [T]

 us   /ˈdʒʌs·təˌfɑɪ/
to show that something is ​reasonable, ​right, or ​true: Her ​fears of a ​lowvoterturnout were justified when fewer than ​half of the ​peoplevoted.
justification
noun [C/U]  us   /ˌdʒʌs·tə·fɪˈkeɪ·ʃən/
[U] She said that there was no justification for such ​rudebehavior.
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