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justification

noun
     
jus‧ti‧fi‧ca‧tion [uncountable and countable]
1 a good and acceptable reason for doing something
Hoggart felt, with some justification, that his colleagues had let him down.
2

in justification (of somebody/something)

in order to explain why an idea or action is right:
He made a speech in justification of his actions.

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