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 justifyrationalize, vindicate, uphold, defend, support, advocate, confirm, favor, countenance, maintain, sustain, validate, condone, warrant, explain, contend, claim, square, alibi, palliate
Examples from the Web for justify
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 3, 2015
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
January 1, 2015
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
December 18, 2014
Like many other Pakistani Taliban, Jamal has his own horror stories to tell, which he believes can justify any bloody retribution.Pakistani School Killers Want to Strike the U.S.
Sami Yousafzai, Christopher Dickey
December 17, 2014
With women put in front of the public to justify staying with bad men, we see these justifications in full bloom.Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?
December 17, 2014
Historical Examples of justify
How could he justify himself to her when he did not really know himself?Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
When he remained silent, she made an attempt to justify herself.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Who is there amongst you who cannot or who will not justify when they are accused?Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Aristocracy, like any other thing, must justify itself to mankind.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
God will not justify him, if he has a bad conscience or blunders in his philosophy.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
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
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.