Justify meaning

jŭstə-fī
To show to be just, right, or in accord with reason; vindicate.
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(christian theol.) To free from blame; declare guiltless; absolve.
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To supply good or lawful grounds for; warrant.
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(printing) To adjust (characters in printed lines) by spacing so that the lines will end evenly at the margin.
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To demonstrate or prove to be just, right, or valid.

Justified each budgetary expense as necessary; anger that is justified by the circumstances.

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(1) To shift the contents of a field or register to the right or left.
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To free (a human) of the guilt and penalty attached to grievous sin. Used of God.
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(printing) To fit; be in line or flush.
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To format (a paragraph, for example) so that the lines of text begin and end evenly at a straight margin.
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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.

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How can you justify spending so much money on clothes?

Paying too much for car insurance is not justified.

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To be a good, acceptable reason for; warrant.

Nothing can justify your rude behaviour last night.

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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.

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To absolve, and declare to be free of blame or sin.
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To prove; to ratify; to confirm.

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Origin of justify

  • Middle English justifien from Old French justifier from Late Latin iūstificāre from Latin to act justly toward iūstus just just1 -ficāre -fy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin justificare (“make just”), from justus, iustus (“just”), + to make, from facere.

    From Wiktionary

  • just +‎ -ify

    From Wiktionary