[self-juhs-tuh-fi-key-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlfˌdʒʌs tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
the act or fact of justifying oneself, especially of offering excessive reasons, explanations, excuses, etc., for an act, thought, or the like.
the act or an instance of justifying or providing excuses for one’s own behaviour, etc


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