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Warrant vs. Justify

Can you warrant something that is not justified? Or justify something that’s not warranted? Confused? Well, warrant and justify are verbs that are often used interchangeably and that’s why through this Grammar.com article, we thought of explaining the differences between both with examples.


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  Ramya Shankar  —  Grammar Tips
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Warrant

Warrant is a notification, warning or advice to someone. It can also be used to caution someone against a potential danger. Warrant is usually used for mentioning things (not people). For example, if something warrants an action, then that action is likely to be necessary or appropriate. Warrant indicates assertion that something will happen.Some examples where we use warrant are:

Warrant is used in many different contexts like,

Warranty – Don’t confuse warrant with warranty. Warranty is simply a security or a written guarantee on the quality given by a company when you purchase their products/services.

Justify

To justify something is to seemingly prove it using facts and arguments. The facts may or may not be true and can be biased. For example, “To justify the murder, the criminal said he wanted to take revenge for his father’s death.” Justification is usually by one’s faith more than real facts. It defines what one believes in and is used to indicate someone’s actions. Example usages:

In the above sentence, justify means “good enough reason”. Here is one sentence that will make the difference clear:The arrest warrant is not justified.The justification is not clear enough to warrant an action.

In short, we see that warrant can be used in many different contexts, whereas justify is used to indicate someone’s actions based on their beliefs (or their own reasons). 

Warrant vs. Justify

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