Definition of justify
1a : to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable trying to justify his selfish behavior I shouldn't have to justify myself to them. justify the ways of God to man — John Miltonb (1) : to show to have had a sufficient legal reason (2) : to qualify (oneself) as a surety (see surety 3) by taking oath to the ownership of sufficient property
2a : to judge, regard, or treat as righteous and worthy of salvation God justifies with his forgiveness and grace the man who comes to him — Will Herbergb archaic : to administer justice toc archaic : absolve
3a : to space (lines of text) so that the lines come out even at the marginb : to make even by spacing lines of text justified margins
1a : to show a sufficient lawful reason for an act doneb : to qualify as bail or surety the surety justified on the bail bond
2 : to justify lines of text
justifierplay \ˈjə-stə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun
Examples of justify in a sentence
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.
Recent Examples of justify from the web
The Nansha Islands are China’s inherent territory, and our necessary construction on the islands is reasonable, justified and lawful.
under which all costs must be justified from the start.
None of this justifies outbidding Marriott, which has more experience and can reap more savings from Starwood.
During his latest valedictory speech from campaign headquarters in Florida, Donald Trump invoked the Great Wall of China when justifying the feasibility of his plan to erect a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
There are milkshakes now, and a roasted pineapple with vanilla-bean version came close to justifying its $7 price tag.
Radical attempts, although unsuccessful, will at least justify the authors of them.
Sessions typically last about four hours (four hours!) and include energetic, leave-it-all-on-the-stage performances that more than justify the $150 price tag (buy five or more tickets and the price drops to $125).
The annexation of the Hawaiian Islands need not now be taken into account and is to be justified, if at all, on peculiar grounds not possible to exist in any other case.
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Origin and Etymology of justify
Middle English justifien, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French justifier, from Late Latin justificare, from Latin justus —see 1just
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of justify
JUSTIFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of justify for English Language Learners
: 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
JUSTIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of justify for Students
: to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable How can you justify your actions?
Legal Definition of justify
1 : to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable does not justify a denial of bail
2 : to show to have had a legally sufficient reason or cause a defendant may not set up his own standard of conduct to justify or excuse himself — State v. Doss, 568 P.2d 1054 (1977)
1 : to show a legally sufficient reason for an act
2 : to swear an oath as to the ownership of sufficient property they shall justify in an amount no less than $200 — Oregon Revised Statutes; also : to qualify as a surety by swearing such an oath the defendants sought to justify as bail — State v. Blaisdell, 253 A.2d 341 (1969)
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