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justify

[ juhs-tuh-fahy ]
/ 藞d蕭蕦s t蓹藢fa瑟 /
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verb (used with object), jus路ti路fied, jus路ti路fy路ing.
to show (an act, claim, statement, etc.) to be just or right: The end does not always justify the means.
to defend or uphold as warranted or well-grounded: Don't try to justify his rudeness.
Theology. to declare innocent or guiltless; absolve; acquit
Printing.
  1. 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.
  2. to level and square (a strike).
verb (used without object), jus路ti路fied, jus路ti路fy路ing.
Law.
  1. to show a satisfactory reason or excuse for something done.
  2. to qualify as bail or surety.
Printing. (of a line of type) to fit exactly into a desired length.
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Origin of justify

First recorded in 1250鈥1300; Middle English justifien, from Old French justifier, from Late Latin j奴stific膩re, equivalent to Latin j奴sti- (combining form of j奴stus just1) + -fic膩re -fy

OTHER WORDS FROM justify

jus路ti路fi路er, nounjus路ti路fy路ing路ly, adverbpre路jus路ti路fy, verb (used with object), pre路jus路ti路fied, pre路jus路ti路fy路ing.re路jus路ti路fy, verb (used with object), re路jus路ti路fied, re路jus路ti路fy路ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for justify

justify
/ (藞d蕭蕦st瑟藢fa瑟) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (mainly tr)

Derived forms of justify

justifier, noun

Word Origin for justify

C14: from Old French justifier, from Latin justific膩re, from j奴stus just + facere to make
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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