What does justify mean?

Definitions for justify
ˈdʒʌs təˌfaɪjus·ti·fy

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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"

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Justify

    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. justificārejustus, just, facĕre, to make.]

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

How to pronounce justify?

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How to say justify in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of justify in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of justify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of justify in a Sentence

  1. Matthew Prior:

    The ends must justify the means.

  2. Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron:

    To understand is not to excuse or justify.

  3. Marilyn Manson:

    The weak ones are there to justify the strong.

  4. Brian Wieser:

    It now becomes somewhat easier to justify investing in content.

  5. Chris Collins:

    I'm not going to try and justify it because that's not my plan.

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