Definitions for justifyˈdʒʌs təˌfaɪ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
jus•ti•fyˈdʒʌs təˌfaɪ(v.)-fied, -fy•ing.
(v.t.)to show or prove to be just, right, or reasonable:
The pleasure we get from these paintings justifies their high cost.
to defend or uphold as warranted or well-grounded:
Don't try to justify his rudeness.
to declare innocent or guiltless; absolve; acquit.
to space out words or characters in (one or more lines of type), esp. to produce an even margin.
(v.i.)to show that what was done was legally warranted. to qualify as bail or surety.
(of a line of type) to fit exactly into a desired length.
Origin of justify:
1250–1300; ME < OF justifier < LL jūstificāre= L jūsti-, comb. form of jūstusjust1+-ficāre -fy
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to give a good reason for
Does her desperation justify her killing someone?
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
British National Corpus
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
Translations for justify
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
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?
- regverdig, verdedig, goedpraat, wettig, verantwoord, bewysAfrikaans
- يُبَرِّر، يُسَوِّغArabic
- justificarPortuguese (BR)
- δικαιολογώ, δικαιώνωGreek
- توجیه کردن؛ موجه نشان دادنFarsi
- उचित ठहरानाHindi
- membuktikan kebenaranIndonesian
- 적법성의 근거를 보이다Korean
- memberikan alasan yang kukuhMalay
- forsvare, rettferdiggjøreNorwegian
- توجیه کردن؛ موجه نشان دادنPersian
- عادلانه حق ثابتول، سم ښودل دحق په توګه څرګندول، له حق څخه دفاع كول: له غش څخه پاك ښوول تبرئه كولPashto
- a explicaRomanian
- opodstatniť, oprávniť, ospravedlniťSlovak
- försvara, rättfärdigaSwedish
- haklı göstermek/çıkarmakTurkish
- 證明...是對的，正當的或合理的Chinese (Trad.)
- درست برحق ثابت کرناUrdu
- bào chữaVietnamese
- 证明...是正当的Chinese (Simp.)
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