[ juhs-tuh-fahyd ]
/ ˈdʒʌs təˌfaɪd /
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See synonyms for: justified / justified / justifying on Thesaurus.com


having been shown to be just or right:If a parent sides with one child over another, one will feel righteous and justified, and the other will feel misunderstood and resentful.
warranted or well-grounded:The commission’s stance is that bans on GMO crops must be scientifically justified and crop-specific.I accept that there may be a penalty for justified civil disobedience, but I must weigh that penalty against the good that can be accomplished.
Printing. aligned with one or, especially, both margins:Justified text looks a little neater, but there's nothing particularly wrong with having a ragged right edge.


Theology.Usually the justified . a person or persons believed to be worthy, redeemed, or absolved:Good works are logically and morally necessary, for they are nothing more or less than the evidence that one is indeed among the justified.



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Origin of justified

half-jus·ti·fied, adjectiveun·jus·ti·fied, adjectivewell-jus·ti·fied, adjective
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