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.
Origin of justify
Synonyms for justify
Related Words for justifiedrationalize, vindicate, uphold, defend, support, advocate, confirm, favor, countenance, maintain, sustain, validate, condone, warrant, explain, contend, claim, square, alibi, palliate
Examples from the Web for justified
Contemporary Examples of justified
And, in the case of fluoride, at least, that doubt might actually be justified.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
These detainments were often justified by laws that do not mention pregnancy specifically.Court Says Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Isn’t a Crime
December 9, 2014
And sure, we can debate whether from a legal point of view these shootings were justified.Arabs Are the Michael Browns of Israel
December 3, 2014
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
November 25, 2014
There is no doubt that meth is destructive, and a clampdown is justified.Chinese Getting Hooked on the Middle East's Favorite Drug
October 20, 2014
Historical Examples of justified
There was so much to tell, more than could ever be explained or justified.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
It was for them to consider how far they were justified in complying with his request.
Why, she is justified in a way, in her own mind anyhow, I mean.Within the Law
Every one must admit, I think, that what Tolstoi has said of the hypothesis of the play is justified.The Man Shakespeare
Whether this decision was justified or not the reader shall decide.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
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.