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 justify
Does the sending of the message “justify” the tragedy that caused it?Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
No more allowing people to justify their bigotry by spouting a cherry-picked Bible verse.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This story was used by some third-century North African Christians to justify the practice of women performing baptisms.First Anglican Woman Bishop A Return to Christian Roots|Candida Moss|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like many other Pakistani Taliban, Jamal has his own horror stories to tell, which he believes can justify any bloody retribution.
With women put in front of the public to justify staying with bad men, we see these justifications in full bloom.
Perhaps I shall be able to justify it, and make my meaning clearer too, if I give an account of my own feelings about music.Art|Clive Bell
Thus, although faith is as truly fruitful as it is faith, yet it does not justify as being fruitful, but as being faith.Loss and Gain|John Henry Newman
No one has done more than Milton to justify this praise, or to make manifest what may be effected by this marriage of words.English Past and Present|Richard Chevenix Trench
You cannot justify by denying the truth of the Christian religion.The Battle of The Press|Theophila Carlile Campbell
There are no conceivable ethical or religious interests and no humane goals or values that justify these things.Preaching and Paganism|Albert Parker Fitch
British Dictionary definitions for justify
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 justify
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.