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Definitions of justification

  1. a statement in explanation of some action or belief Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the act of defending or explaining or making excuses for by reasoning; "the justification of barbarous means by holy ends"- H.J.Muller Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. something (such as a fact or circumstance) that shows an action to be reasonable or necessary; "he considered misrule a justification for revolution" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. The act of justifying or the state of being justified; a showing or proving to be just or conformable to law, justice, right, or duty; defense; vindication; support; as, arguments in justification of the prisoner's conduct; his disobedience admits justification. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The showing in court of a sufficient lawful reason why a party charged or accused did that for which he is called to answer. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The act of justifying, or the state of being justified, in respect to God's requirements. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Adjustment of type by spacing it so as to make it exactly fill a line, or of a cut so as to hold it in the right place; also, the leads, quads, etc., used for making such adjustment. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The act of showing a thing to be right; acceptable excuse; defense. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. Justificatory. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Vindication: absolution: a plea of sufficient reason for. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Act of justifying; vindication. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. The state of being justified. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. The act of justifying; vindication; defence; the showing of a sufficient reason in court for bringing an action; the divine act of acquitting a sinner, and accepting him as just; the act of adjusting. See Justify. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. A plea of sufficient reason; vindication; defence; deliverance by pardon from past sins; in theol., the treating of sinful man as if he were just or righteous in the sight of God, for the sake of the merits of Christ Jesus. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. a forensic term, opposed to condemnation. As regards its nature, it is the judicial act of God, by which he pardons all the sins of those who believe in Christ, and accounts, accepts, and treats them as righteous in the eye of the law, i.e., as conformed to all its demands. In addition to the pardon (q.v.) of sin, justification declares that all the claims of the law are satisfied in respect of the justified. It is the act of a judge and not of a sovereign. The law is not relaxed or set aside, but is declared to be fulfilled in the strictest sense; and so the person justified is declared to be entitled to all the advantages and rewards arising from perfect obedience to the law ( Romans 5:1-10 ). It proceeds on the imputing or crediting to the believer by God himself of the perfect righteousness, active and passive, of his Representative and Surety, Jesus Christ ( Romans 10:3-9 ). Justification is not the forgiveness of a man without righteousness, but a declaration that he possesses a righteousness which perfectly and for ever satisfies the law, namely, Christ's righteousness ( 2 Corinthians 5:21 ; Romans 4:6-8 ). The sole condition on which this righteousness is imputed or credited to the believer is faith in or on the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith is called a "condition," not because it possesses any merit, but only because it is the instrument, the only instrument by which the soul appropriates or apprehends Christ and his righteousness ( Romans 1:17 ; Romans 3:25 Romans 3:26 ; Romans 4:20 Romans 4:22 ; Philippians 3:8-11 ; Galatians 2:16 ). The act of faith which thus secures our justification secures also at the same time our sanctification (q.v.); and thus the doctrine of justification by faith does not lead to licentiousness ( Romans 6:2-7 ). Good works, while not the ground, are the certain consequence of justification ( 6:14 ; 7:6 ). (See GALATIANS, EPISTLE TO .) biblestudytools.com
  16. n. Act of justifying ; vindication ; defence ; absolution ; - remission of sin, guilt, and punishment ; an act of God’s free grace, by which a sinner is forgiven, counted and dealt with as righteous, through the faith of Christ. Cabinet Dictionary
  17. Defence, maintenance, vindication, support; deliverance by pardon from sins past. Complete Dictionary
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