verb (used with object), jus·ti·fied, jus·ti·fy·ing.
- 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).
verb (used without object), jus·ti·fied, jus·ti·fy·ing.
- to show a satisfactory reason or excuse for something done.
- to qualify as bail or surety.
- justification by grace, through faith,
- justification by works,
- justify the ways of god to men, to,
- justin martyr,
- justin martyr, saint,
Origin of justify
Examples from the Web for justified
And, in the case of fluoride, at least, that doubt might actually be justified.
These detainments were often justified by laws that do not mention pregnancy specifically.
And sure, we can debate whether from a legal point of view these shootings were justified.
I do not support the belief that violent protest is justified regardless of the outcome of the Ferguson grand jury.Justice Was Served in Ferguson—This Isn’t Jim Crow America|Ron Christie|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is no doubt that meth is destructive, and a clampdown is justified.Chinese Getting Hooked on the Middle East's Favorite Drug|Brendon Hong|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead of executing a resolution, which might have been justified by success, Stilicho hesitated till he was irrecoverably lost.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
He stood idling in the moonlight as he justified himself to this woman.The Zeit-Geist|Lily Dougall
My lease of this house terminates at the end of next March, and I shall certainly not be justified in renewing it.New Grub Street|George Gissing
Would she not be justified in the eyes of every right-thinking man?The Mountebank|William J. Locke
"It seems to me that your Nation's claim to the Moon is justified," he said.First on the Moon|Jeff Sutton
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (mainly tr)
- 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
- 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
Word Origin for justify
1580s, "made right," past participle adjective from justify. Typesetting sense is from 1670s.
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.