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Meaning of JUSTIFY

Pronunciation:  'justu`fI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  adjust the spaces between words; in printing; "justify the margins"
  2. [v]  defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
  3. [v]  show to be right by providing justification or prove; "vindicate a claim"
  4. [v]  show to be reasonable
  5. [v]  let off the hook; "I absolve you from this responsibility"

JUSTIFY is a 7 letter word that starts with J.


 Synonyms: absolve, apologise, apologize, excuse, free, rationalise, rationalize, vindicate, warrant
 Antonyms: blame, fault
 See Also: adjust, color, colour, confirm, defend, exempt, explain, extenuate, fend for, forgive, gloss, legitimate, let off, maintain, mitigate, palliate, plead, reassert, relieve, set, support, uphold, wash one's hands



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Jus"ti*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Justified}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Justifying}.] [F. justifier, L. justificare; justus
    just + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Just}, a., and
    1. To prove or show to be just; to vindicate; to maintain or
       defend as conformable to law, right, justice, propriety,
       or duty.
             That to the height of this great argument I may
             assert eternal providence, And justify the ways of
             God to men.                           --Milton.
             Unless the oppression is so extreme as to justify
             revolution, it would not justify the evil of
             breaking up a government.             --E. Everett.
    2. To pronounce free from guilt or blame; to declare or prove
       to have done that which is just, right, proper, etc.; to
       absolve; to exonerate; to clear.
             I can not justify whom the law condemns. --Shak.
    3. (Theol.) To treat as if righteous and just; to pardon; to
       exculpate; to absolve.
             By him all that believe are justified from all
             things, from which ye could not be justified by the
             law of Moses.                         --Acts xiii.
    4. To prove; to ratify; to confirm. [Obs.] --Shak.
    5. (Print.) To make even or true, as lines of type, by proper
       spacing; to adjust, as type. See {Justification}, 4.
    Syn: To defend; maintain; vindicate; excuse; exculpate;
         absolve; exonerate.
  2. \Jus"ti*fy\, v. i.
    1. (Print.) To form an even surface or true line with
       something else; to fit exactly.
    2. (Law) To take oath to the ownership of property sufficient
       to qualify one's self as bail or surety.
  3. \Jus"ti*fy\, v. t. (Law)
    (a) To show (a person) to have had a sufficient legal reason
        for an act that has been made the subject of a change or
    (b) To qualify (one's self) as a surely by taking oath to the
        ownership of sufficient property.
              The production of bail in court, who there justify
              themselves against the exception of the plaintiff.
                                                   Law Dict.
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