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‘justify’ 

While some people use the challenges of their lives to justify their actions, we should take steps to ensure that every citizen respects the society that they belong to’.

Meaning: to give an acceptable explanation for something that other people think is unreasonable.
‘Justify’ is a useful vocabulary item for Task 2 e.g.
  • It is impossible to justify spending so much money on weapons. (Active + ing)
  • No matter what the circumstances, street violence cannot be justified. (Passive)

ALSO:

‘The end justifies the means’ (a saying)

= a desired result is so good/important that any method, even a morally bad one, may be used to achieve it.

e.g. ‘The government believes that the end justifies the means and will do anything to boost the economy.’

ALSO USEFUL: JUSTIFICATION

e.g.

  • There is no justification for cruelty.
  • What justification can there be for paying women lower wages?

Practice

Make your own examples:

1.  It is impossible to justify [noun or +ing verb]

2. [noun or +ing verb] cannot be justified.

3. There is no justification for [noun or +ing verb]

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