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
    Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 13:02
  • Why isn't 'valid excuse' acceptable? Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 13:59
  • @marcellothearcane it works fine, but I was just curious if there is a single word that fits.
    – user838494
    Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 14:00
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    Perhaps 'reason'.
    – flight
    Commented Aug 27, 2017 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'. Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 11:03

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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. Commented Aug 28, 2017 at 15:12
  • I've added a dictionary entry for you. Feel free to edit further or to roll back my changes.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 13:39

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