Definitions for justify
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word justify.
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, rationaliseverb
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, freeverb
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
Etymology: From justificare, from justus, iustus, + ficare, from facere.
Justify is the second single released from the 2008 album, Black Roses by the Finnish rock band, the Rasmus. The song is a symphonic rock song (pehmorock or "plush rock" in Finnish.) The first demo for "Justify" was created in Los Angeles, California at both James Michael's and Desmond Child's studios in January 2007.
To justify means to provide a valid explanation, reason, or evidence to support or prove the validity, correctness, or appropriateness of something such as an action, decision, claim, or statement. It can also refer to adjusting the margins of a text so they align with both the left and right side of a page or screen in word processing.
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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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
Man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort the truth intentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses only to justify his logic.
But also on Sunday, former top White House strategist Steve Bannon told ABC's This Week that President Trump administration doesn't need to justify separating children from their parents at the border. It’s zero tolerance. I don't think you have to justify it.
The brute necessity of believing something so long as life lasts does not justify any belief in particular.
I can put myself in their shoes because I was once in them, i don't justify it because I don't think you can justify it, but at the end of the day I understand how they can get to that point. They're young and vulnerable. It's the same way that a kid in the ghetto joins a gang.
While this report can help justify a rate hike in December, it can't justify anything more than a very gradual path of rate hikes.
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- justificarCatalan, Valencian
- zarovnat, obhájit, ospravedlnitCzech
- ausrichten, justieren, rechtfertigenGerman
- δικαιολογώ, στοιχίζω, αιτιολογώ, δικαιώνω, ευθυγραμμίζωGreek
- legitimar, absolver, justificarSpanish
- oikeuttaa, perustella, tasataFinnish
- indokol, igazolHungarian
- whakawhaihuruhuru, tautoko, whaihuruhuruMāori
- uitlijnen, rechtvaardigenDutch
- wyjustować, usprawiedliwiaćPolish
- justificar, absolverPortuguese
- выравнивать, обосновывать, оправдать, оправдыватьRussian
- arsyetoj, shpjegojAlbanian
- frita från skuldSwedish
- biện hộVietnamese
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