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justify

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1 to be an acceptable reason for
  • He tried to justify his behavior by saying everyone else was doing it too.
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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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stand up for, stick up for

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Synonym Discussion of justify

maintain, assert, defend, vindicate, justify mean to uphold as true, right, just, or reasonable. maintain stresses firmness of conviction.
    • steadfastly maintained his innocence
assert suggests determination to make others accept one's claim.
    • asserted her rights
defend implies maintaining in the face of attack or criticism.
    • defended his voting record
vindicate implies successfully defending.
    • his success vindicated our faith in him
justify implies showing to be true, just, or valid by appeal to a standard or to precedent.
    • the action was used to justify military intervention


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