- 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.
Origin of justify
OTHER WORDS FROM justifyjus·ti·fi·er, nounjus·ti·fy·ing·ly, adverbpre·jus·ti·fy, verb (used with object), pre·jus·ti·fied, pre·jus·ti·fy·ing.re·jus·ti·fy, verb (used with object), re·jus·ti·fied, re·jus·ti·fy·ing.
How to use justify in a sentence
Twenty miles is long enough to justify putting on all that Lycra, yet it’s short enough to do in sneakers and jorts.Why 20 Miles Is the Perfect Length for a Bike Ride|Eben Weiss|November 20, 2020|Outside Online
These conversations boil down to the SSP having to justify why it should not be dropped as an ad tech vendor.‘More into less’: Diageo to consolidate ad tech spending|Seb Joseph|November 13, 2020|Digiday
After about four hours with the updated “Spider-Man,” and having played the original for more than a 100 hours, I can safely say that there are more than enough graphical updates to justify the asking price.‘Ghost of Tsushima’ sees the best kind of PlayStation 5 upgrade: transformative and free|Gene Park|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
So fans ended up looking for signs to try to justify their belief in a different ending.Why Britney Spears’s fans are convinced she’s being held captive|Constance Grady|November 11, 2020|Vox
It’s up to us to justify that and give you the best experience and a great product.Jiko raises $40 million to become a most unusual challenger bank|rhhackettfortune|October 29, 2020|Fortune
There is no such thing as speech so hateful or offensive it somehow “justifies” or “legitimizes” the use of violence.
True anarchism,” he wrote in 1940, “never justifies bloodshed.
“Executing by beheading ritualistically justifies the violence,” she says.
She directly justifies her behavior to a great deal by suggesting that everything she does is for the good of the family.Inside 'Sons of Anarchy's' Final Season: Creator Kurt Sutter on the Most Brutal Season Yet|Annaliza Savage|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
It is from the plots and counter-plots, the machinations and subterfuges that follow that Miss Bowen justifies her title.
The undeniably great success of this new Provençal literature justifies completely the revival of the dialect.Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer
What justifies the disruption requires a dissent from the civil power, as a power not of God.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
In a word, Boileau ridicules Perrault much more than he justifies Homer.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Paranoia, at least in its severer forms, completely justifies the plea of irresponsibility for actions committed.Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley
British Dictionary definitions for justify
- 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