self-justifying
adjective Date: 1740 seeking to justify oneself

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • self-justifying — [self′jus′tə fī΄iŋ] n. justifying or rationalizing one s actions, beliefs, motives, etc. self justification [self′jus΄təfi kā′shən] n …   English World dictionary

  • self-justifying — (ˈ) ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ adjective 1. : seeking to excuse oneself 2. : automatically justifying itself a self justifying typewriter * * * /self jus teuh fuy ing, self /, adj. 1. offering excuses for oneself, esp. in excess of normal demands. 2.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • self-justifying — /self jus teuh fuy ing, self /, adj. 1. offering excuses for oneself, esp. in excess of normal demands. 2. automatically adjusting printed or typed lines to fill a given space, esp. to conform to a rigid margin. [1730 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • self-justifying — self jus′tifying adj. 1) offering excuses for oneself, esp. in excess of normal demands 2) automatically adjusting printed or typed lines to fill a given space, esp. to conform to a rigid margin • Etymology: 1730–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • self-justifying — /sɛlf ˈdʒʌstəfaɪɪŋ/ (say self justuhfuying) adjective 1. excusing or explaining one s actions, etc., as to avoid blame, especially excessively. 2. containing in itself its justification or raison d être. 3. Printing automatically adjusting the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • self-jus|ti|fy|ing — «SEHLF JUHS tuh FY ihng», adjective. 1. justifying oneself; excusing oneself. 2. Printing. justifying lines of type automatically: »a self justifying typesetter …   Useful english dictionary

  • self-deceiving — /self di see ving, self /, adj. 1. subject to self deception; tending to deceive or fool oneself: a self deceiving person. 2. used in deceiving oneself, esp. in justifying a false belief, a morally reprehensible act, or the like: a self deceiving …   Universalium

  • self-justification — /self jus teuh fi kay sheuhn, self /, n. the act or fact of justifying oneself, esp. of offering excessive reasons, explanations, excuses, etc., for an act, thought, or the like. [1765 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • self-justification — self′ justifica′tion n. the act or fact of justifying oneself, esp. of offering excessive explanations for one s actions or thoughts • Etymology: 1765–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • self-ap|prov|ing — «SEHLF uh PROO vihng», adjective. 1. implying approval of one s own conduct or character. 2. justifying such approval …   Useful english dictionary

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