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justify

verb

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1 to be an acceptable reason for
  • you seem to think that losing a basketball game justifies a temper tantrum

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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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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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The first known use of justify was in the 14th century

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“Justify.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/justify. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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