- 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 verb-·fied·, -·fy·ing
- 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 (characters in printed lines) by spacing so that the lines will end evenly at the margin
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.