justification

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1. Defendant's lawful or sufficient reason for having acted (or having failed to act) what he or she is charged with. In a defamation case, the truthfulness of a defamatory statement is a sufficient justification to have made it.
2. Manner of spacing words on a column or page so the rows are aligned in a specified way.

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The fact that the victim had molested the defendant's child was used by the defense as her justification for shooting him.
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While murder can occasionally be excused without sacrificing one's morals, there is absolutely no justification for rape; murder can defend you or a loved one, but rape can never be committed for a noble cause.
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The woman charged with driving under the influence used the justification that it was St. Patrick's day and she was only driving because she was taking her friend to get her stomach pumped.
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