Definitions for justifyˈdʒʌs təˌfaɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jus•ti•fyˈdʒʌs təˌfaɪ(v.)-fied, -fy•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to show or prove to be just, right, or reasonable:

    The pleasure we get from these paintings justifies their high cost.

  2. to defend or uphold as warranted or well-grounded:

    Don't try to justify his rudeness.

  3. to declare innocent or guiltless; absolve; acquit.

    Category: Religion

  4. to space out words or characters in (one or more lines of type), esp. to produce an even margin.

    Category: Printing

  5. (v.i.)to show that what was done was legally warranted. to qualify as bail or surety.

    Category: Law

  6. (of a line of type) to fit exactly into a desired length.

    Category: Printing

Origin of justify:

1250–1300; ME < OF justifier < LL jūstificāre= L jūsti-, comb. form of jūstusjust1+-ficāre -fy

jus′ti•fi`er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. justify, warrant(verb)

    show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for

    "The emergency does not warrant all of us buying guns"; "The end justifies the means"

  2. justify, vindicate(verb)

    show to be right by providing justification or proof

    "vindicate a claim"

  3. 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"

  4. absolve, justify, free(verb)

    let off the hook

    "I absolve you from this responsibility"

  5. justify(verb)

    adjust the spaces between words

    "justify the margins"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. justify(verb)ˈdʒʌs təˌfaɪ

    to give a good reason for

    Does her desperation justify her killing someone?

Wiktionary

  1. justify(Verb)

    To provide an acceptable explanation for.

  2. justify(Verb)

    To be a good, acceptable reason for; warrant.

    Nothing can justify your rude behaviour last night.

  3. justify(Verb)

    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.

  4. justify(Verb)

    To absolve, and declare to be free of blame or sin

  5. Origin: From justificare, from justus, iustus, + ficare, from facere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Justify(adj)

    to prove or show to be just; to vindicate; to maintain or defend as conformable to law, right, justice, propriety, or duty

  2. Justify(adj)

    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

  3. Justify(adj)

    to treat as if righteous and just; to pardon; to exculpate; to absolve

  4. Justify(adj)

    to prove; to ratify; to confirm

  5. Justify(adj)

    to make even or true, as lines of type, by proper spacing; to adjust, as type. See Justification, 4

  6. Justify(verb)

    to form an even surface or true line with something else; to fit exactly

  7. Justify(verb)

    to take oath to the ownership of property sufficient to qualify one's self as bail or surety

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'justify' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4473

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'justify' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4377

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'justify' in Verbs Frequency: #429


Translations for justify

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

justify(verb)

to prove or show (a person, action, opinion etc) to be just, right, desirable or reasonable

How can the government justify the spending of millions of pounds on weapons when there is so much poverty in the country?

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