show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for
"The emergency does not warrant all of us buying guns"; "The end justifies the means"
show to be right by providing justification or proof
"vindicate a claim"
apologize, apologise, excuse, justify, rationalize, rationalise(verb)
defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
"rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
absolve, justify, free(verb)
let off the hook
"I absolve you from this responsibility"
adjust the spaces between words
"justify the margins"
To provide an acceptable explanation for.
To be a good, acceptable reason for; warrant.
Nothing can justify your rude behaviour last night.
To arrange (text) on a page or a computer screen such that the left and right ends of all lines within paragraphs are aligned.
The text will look better justified.
To absolve, and declare to be free of blame or sin
Origin: From justificare, from justus, iustus, + ficare, from facere.
to prove or show to be just; to vindicate; to maintain or defend as conformable to law, right, justice, propriety, or duty
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
to treat as if righteous and just; to pardon; to exculpate; to absolve
to prove; to ratify; to confirm
to make even or true, as lines of type, by proper spacing; to adjust, as type. See Justification, 4
to form an even surface or true line with something else; to fit exactly
to take oath to the ownership of property sufficient to qualify one's self as bail or surety
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
jus′ti-fī, v.t. to make just: to prove or show to be just or right: to vindicate: to absolve:—pr.p. jus′tifying; pa.p. jus′tified.—adj. Justifī′able, that may be justified or defended.—n. Justifī′ableness.—adv. Justifī′ably.—n. Justificā′tion, vindication: absolution: a plea of sufficient reason for.—adjs. Jus′tificātive, Jus′tificātory, having power to justify.—n. Jus′tifier, one who defends, or vindicates: he who pardons and absolves from guilt and punishment.—Justification by faith, the doctrine that men are justified by faith in Christ. [Fr.,—L. justificāre—justus, just, facĕre, to make.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'justify' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4473
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'justify' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4377
Rank popularity for the word 'justify' in Verbs Frequency: #429
The numerical value of justify in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of justify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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- justificarCatalan, Valencian
- ospravedlnit, obhájit, zarovnatCzech
- ausrichten, rechtfertigen, justierenGerman
- δικαιολογώ, δικαιώνω, ευθυγραμμίζω, αιτιολογώ, στοιχίζωGreek
- justificar, legitimar, absolverSpanish
- perustella, tasata, oikeuttaaFinnish
- indokol, igazolHungarian
- tautoko, whakawhaihuruhuru, whaihuruhuruMāori
- rechtvaardigen, uitlijnenDutch
- wyjustować, usprawiedliwiaćPolish
- absolver, justificarPortuguese
- выравнивать, оправдывать, оправдать, обосновыватьRussian
- arsyetoj, shpjegojAlbanian
- frita från skuldSwedish
- biện hộVietnamese
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