- to show (an act, claim, statement, etc.) to be just or right: The end does not always justify the means.
- to defend or uphold as warranted or well-grounded: Don't try to justify his rudeness.
- Theology. to declare innocent or guiltless; absolve; acquit.
- to make (a line of type) a desired length by spacing the words and letters, especially so that full lines in a column have even margins both on the left and on the right.
- to level and square (a strike).
- to show a satisfactory reason or excuse for something done.
- to qualify as bail or surety.
- Printing. (of a line of type) to fit exactly into a desired length.
Origin of justify
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Examples from the Web for unjustified
But the hallmark of these betrayals is that they are impulsive and unjustified.Whistleblowers Are Weird
June 10, 2013
“I will not participate in this useless and unjustified polemic,” said Valls.Is Iraqi Family Fight Behind Mysterious Murders in French Alps?
September 7, 2012
In Sherrod's case, as Breitbart later conceded, it was also unjustified.Andrew Breitbart Dies at 43: Why He’ll Be Missed
March 1, 2012
The Wall Street Journal says that President Obama considers the move “unjustified” and will push that message this week.Wall Street Bloodbath
August 8, 2011
Cameron stood in the House of Commons and said that the events of the day were “unjustified and unjustifiable.”How Long, How Long Did We Sing that Song?
June 16, 2010
Both of these assumptions have since been shown to be unjustified.Mendelism
Reginald Crundall Punnett
And this hope, indeed, as he learned the next moment, was not unjustified.Kings in Exile
Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
The music-hall and theatre and unjustified fiction will have had their day.A Tramp's Notebook
And, if you are unjustified, the wrath of God abideth upon you.
It is plain that the campaign of the ministers is unjustified.Gospel Doctrine
Joseph F. Smith
- not justified or vindicatedan entirely unjustified attack
- (often passive) to prove or see to be just or valid; vindicatehe was certainly justified in taking the money
- to show to be reasonable; warrant or substantiatehis behaviour justifies our suspicion
- to declare or show to be free from blame or guilt; absolve
- to show good reason in court for (some action taken)
- to show adequate grounds for doing (that with which a person is charged)to justify a libel
- (also intr) printing computing to adjust the spaces between words in (a line of type or data) so that it is of the required length or (of a line of type or data) to fit exactly
- Protestant theolto account or declare righteous by the imputation of Christ's merits to the sinner
- RC theolto change from sinfulness to righteousness by the transforming effects of grace
- (also intr) law to prove (a person) to have sufficient means to act as surety, etc, or (of a person) to qualify to provide bail or surety
Word Origin and History for unjustified
c.1300, "to administer justice;" late 14c., "to show (something) to be just or right," from Old French justifiier "submit to court proceedings" (12c.), from Latin iustificare "act justly toward, make just," from iustificus "dealing justly, righteous," from iustus "just" (see just (adj.)) + root of facere "to do" (see factitious). Of circumstances, "to afford justification," from 1630s. Meaning "to make exact" (now largely restricted to typesetting) is from 1550s. Related: Justified; justifying.