I'm searching for a word that would mean an excuse is valid. An excuse sounds like something that is negative, but a valid excuse it positive/neutral. Is there such a word?

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    valid excuse is what's called for. And excuse is not necessarily negative.
    – Drew
    Aug 27 '17 at 13:02
  • Why isn't 'valid excuse' acceptable? Aug 27 '17 at 13:59
  • @marcellothearcane it works fine, but I was just curious if there is a single word that fits.
    – aust1n
    Aug 27 '17 at 14:00
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    Perhaps 'reason'.
    – flight
    Aug 27 '17 at 14:42
  • @Drew True, but there is a pretty strong negative connotation ('He's always making excuses'). But this is perhaps true for any words meaning 'justify / explain an apparent shortcoming'. Aug 29 '17 at 11:03

A justification is a positively associated explanation for something.

justification noun 1.1 Good reason for something that exists or has been done. - ODO

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    If you want more reputation points so that you can comment on people's posts, then you need to write good answers. Perhaps you can take the tour of the site and see what comprises a good answer. Else you might never receive enough reputation points to make comments. Your attempted here lacks any links to any reference material, such as a decent dictionary (example: Oxfordl. The question itself is poor as it fails to indicate any research. Aug 28 '17 at 15:12
  • I've added a dictionary entry for you. Feel free to edit further or to roll back my changes.
    – Lawrence
    Aug 30 '17 at 13:39

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