Today’s Word: justify

February 2, 2017      =========

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When you justify your decision or action, it means that you try to show or prove that it was a reasonable or necessary decision or action. This week’s useful phrase is “You don’t need to justify yourself.” You would say this to someone who was trying to explain why they did something that they think you might disagree with.

My kids try to justify themselves all the time. For example, if the older brother hits his younger brother, he will always justify it by saying, “But he hit me first!!” I always try to say that you cannot justify violence, you should walk away, or use words instead of violence, but they don’t really listen! (>_<)

What do you do or say when someone tries to justify their actions when you believe they did the wrong thing?