- The definition of justify is to provide an explanation or rationale for something to make it seem OK or to prove it is correct or OK.
- An example of justify is when you provide data to back up a recommendation you make.
- An example of justify is when you make an excuse to make bad behavior seem oK.
transitive verbjustified, justifying
- to show to be just, right, or in accord with reason; vindicate
- to supply good or lawful grounds for; warrant
- Christian Theol. to free from blame; declare guiltless; absolve
- Printing to adjust (printed lines) by spacing so that the lines will be of the correct length
Origin of justifyMiddle English justifien ; from Old French justifier ; from Late Latin (chiefly Ec.) justificare, to act justly toward, justify ; from Classical Latin justus, just + -ficare ; from facere, to do
- to show an adequate reason for something done
- to prove qualified as surety
- Printing to fit; be in line or flush: said as of printed lines
transitive verbjus·ti·fied, jus·ti·fy·ing, jus·ti·fies
- To demonstrate or prove to be just, right, or valid: justified each budgetary expense as necessary; anger that is justified by the circumstances.
- To free (a human) of the guilt and penalty attached to grievous sin. Used of God.
- Law a. To demonstrate sufficient legal reason for (an action taken).b. To prove to be qualified as a bondsman.
- To format (a paragraph, for example) so that the lines of text begin and end evenly at a straight margin.
Origin of justifyMiddle English justifien, from Old French justifier, from Late Latin iūstificāre, from Latin, to act justly toward : iūstus, just; see Just 1 + -ficāre, -fy.
(third-person singular simple present justifies, present participle justifying, simple past and past participle justified)
- To provide an acceptable explanation for.
- How can you justify spending so much money on clothes?
- Paying too much for car insurance is not justified.
- To be a good, acceptable reason for; warrant.
- Nothing can justify your rude behaviour last night.
- To arrange (text) on a page or a computer screen such that the left and right ends of all lines within paragraphs are aligned.
- The text will look better justified.
- To absolve, and declare to be free of blame or sin
- To prove; to ratify; to confirm.
justify - Computer Definition
(1) To shift the contents of a field or register to the right or left.
(2) To align text evenly between left and right margins.