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 (jŭs′tə-fĭ-kā′tĭv) also jus·tif·i·ca·to·ry (jŭ-stĭf′ĭ-kə-tôr′ē)
Serving as justification.
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(ˈdʒʌstɪfɪˌkeɪtərɪ; -trɪ) or


serving as justification or capable of justifying; vindicatory
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(dʒʌˈstɪf ɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈdʒʌs tə fɪˌkeɪ tə ri)

also jus′ti•fi•ca`tive,

providing justification.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.justificatory - attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing
apologetic, excusatory - offering or expressing apology; "an apologetic note"; "an apologetic manner"
2.justificatory - providing justification
exculpatory - clearing of guilt or blame
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