jus·​ti·​fied | \ ˈjə-stə-ˌfīd How to pronounce justified (audio) \

Definition of justified

1 : having or shown to have a just, right, or reasonable basis a justified punishment a justified reputation for toughness Such work calls for a combination of training and talent that few can lay justified claim to …— Bernard Knox
2 typography
a : aligned evenly at the margin a justified line of text In justified composition, where the type must be flush with both the left and right margins, the machine will automatically expand or condense the word space or hyphenate end-of-line words to fill up the line measure.— Ray Blair and Thomas M. Destree
b : made even by spacing lines of text a document with justified margins

First Known Use of justified

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of justified was circa 1586

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“Justified.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/justified. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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