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
Examples from the Web for justifies
There is no such thing as speech so hateful or offensive it somehow “justifies” or “legitimizes” the use of violence.
But AM-2 is not a friend to the agility that justifies the F-35B over other forms of expeditionary airpower.Why Can’t America’s Newest Stealth Jet Land Like It’s Supposed To?|Bill Sweetman|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He justifies this controversial predilection by explaining, "Drakkar reminds me of me, and I love me."Why Women Want Hollywood Lothario Wilmer Valderrama|Amy Zimmerman|April 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If you are onto a truly great story, it justifies nearly any expense and every vice.
We should know that the term Amalek is bad not just because of whom it targets, but because of the violence it justifies.
Nor is there anything now to be gathered from the traditions at Vienna which justifies the epithet.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume I (of 3)|Alexander Wheelock Thayer
The whole tenor of your conduct to me justifies this course of proceeding on my part.Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812|James Barnes
And then the best of it all is that Mr. Gladstone justifies his speech-making by improving every hour.Sketches In The House (1893)|T. P. O'Connor
Just, beyond all my terrified conscience could picture him, he justifies me the sinner.Chronicles of the Schonberg-Cotta Family|Elizabeth Rundle Charles
What justifies itself is what is good, what is as it ought to be.Three Philosophical Poets|George Santayana
British Dictionary definitions for justifies
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 theol to account or declare righteous by the imputation of Christ's merits to the sinner
- RC theol to change from sinfulness to righteousness by the transforming effects of grace
Word Origin for justify
Word Origin and History for justifies
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.