justify


justify

verb

Definition of JUSTIFY

1
to be an acceptable reason for <you seem to think that losing a basketball game justifies a temper tantrum>
Synonyms excuse
Related Words account (for), alibi, explain, explain away, rationalize; brush (aside or off), condone, disregard, forgive, gloss (over), gloze (over), ignore, pardon, pass over, remit, shrug off, wink (at)
2
to continue to declare to be true or proper despite opposition or objections <failed to justify the need for a war at this time>

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