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Meaning of self-justification

self-jus•ti•fi•ca•tion

Pronunciation: (self'jus"tu-fi-kā'shun, self"-), [key]
— n.
  1. the act or fact of justifying oneself, esp. of offering excessive reasons, explanations, excuses, etc., for an act, thought, or the like.
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