Simple Definition of justify
: to provide or be a good reason for (something) : to prove or show (something) to be just, right, or reasonable
: to provide a good reason for the actions of (someone)
: to position (text) so that the edges form a straight line
Full Definition of justify
1 a : to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable b (1) : to show to have had a sufficient legal reason (2) : to qualify (oneself) as a surety by taking oath to the ownership of sufficient property
3 a : to space (as lines of text) so that the lines come out even at the margin b : to make even by justifying <justified margins>
1 a : to show a sufficient lawful reason for an act done b : to qualify as bail or surety
2 : to justify lines of text
Examples of justify
He tried to justify his behavior by saying that he was being pressured unfairly by his boss.
The fact that we are at war does not justify treating innocent people as criminals.
Origin of justify
Middle English justifien, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French justifier, from Late Latin justificare, from Latin justus
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of justify
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JUSTIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of justify
: to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable <How can you justify your actions?>
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