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
Examples from the Web for unjustified
Contemporary Examples of unjustified
But the hallmark of these betrayals is that they are impulsive and unjustified.Whistleblowers Are Weird
June 10, 2013
“I will not participate in this useless and unjustified polemic,” said Valls.Is Iraqi Family Fight Behind Mysterious Murders in French Alps?
September 7, 2012
In Sherrod's case, as Breitbart later conceded, it was also unjustified.Andrew Breitbart Dies at 43: Why He’ll Be Missed
March 1, 2012
The Wall Street Journal says that President Obama considers the move “unjustified” and will push that message this week.Wall Street Bloodbath
August 8, 2011
Cameron stood in the House of Commons and said that the events of the day were “unjustified and unjustifiable.”How Long, How Long Did We Sing that Song?
June 16, 2010
Historical Examples of unjustified
Both of these assumptions have since been shown to be unjustified.Mendelism
Reginald Crundall Punnett
And this hope, indeed, as he learned the next moment, was not unjustified.Kings in Exile
Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
The music-hall and theatre and unjustified fiction will have had their day.A Tramp's Notebook
And, if you are unjustified, the wrath of God abideth upon you.
It is plain that the campaign of the ministers is unjustified.Gospel Doctrine
Joseph F. Smith
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.