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jus·ti·fy

 (jŭs′tə-fī′)
tr.v. jus·ti·fied, jus·ti·fy·ing, jus·ti·fies
1. To demonstrate or prove to be just, right, or valid: justified each budgetary expense as necessary; anger that is justified by the circumstances.
2. To free (a human) of the guilt and penalty attached to grievous sin. Used of God.
3. Law
a. To demonstrate sufficient legal reason for (an action taken).
b. To prove to be qualified as a bondsman.
4. To format (a paragraph, for example) so that the lines of text begin and end evenly at a straight margin.

[Middle English justifien, from Old French justifier, from Late Latin iūstificāre, from Latin, to act justly toward : iūstus, just; see just1 + -ficāre, -fy.]

justify

(ˈdʒʌstɪˌfaɪ)
vb (mainly tr) , -fies, -fying or -fied
1. (often passive) to prove or see to be just or valid; vindicate: he was certainly justified in taking the money.
2. to show to be reasonable; warrant or substantiate: his behaviour justifies our suspicion.
3. to declare or show to be free from blame or guilt; absolve
4. (Law) law
a. to show good reason in court for (some action taken)
b. to show adequate grounds for doing (that with which a person is charged): to justify a libel.
5. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (also intr) printing computing to adjust the spaces between words in (a line of type or data) so that it is of the required length or (of a line of type or data) to fit exactly
6. (Theology)
a. Protestant theol to account or declare righteous by the imputation of Christ's merits to the sinner
b. RC theol to change from sinfulness to righteousness by the transforming effects of grace
7. (Law) (also intr) law to prove (a person) to have sufficient means to act as surety, etc, or (of a person) to qualify to provide bail or surety
[C14: from Old French justifier, from Latin justificāre, from jūstus just + facere to make]
ˈjustiˌfier n

jus•ti•fy

(ˈdʒʌs təˌfaɪ)

v. -fied, -fy•ing. v.t.
1. to show or prove to be just, right, or reasonable: The pleasure we get from these paintings justifies their high cost.
2. to defend or uphold as warranted or well-grounded: Don't try to justify his rudeness.
3. to declare innocent or guiltless; absolve; acquit.
4. to space out words or characters in (one or more lines of type), esp. to produce an even margin.
v.i.
5.
a. to show that what was done was legally warranted.
b. to qualify as bail or surety.
6. (of a line of type) to fit exactly into a desired length.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French justifier < Late Latin jūstificāre= Latin jūsti-, comb. form of jūstus just1 + -ficāre -fy]
jus′ti•fi`er, n.

justify


Past participle: justified
Gerund: justifying

Imperative
justify
justify
Present
I justify
you justify
he/she/it justifies
we justify
you justify
they justify
Preterite
I justified
you justified
he/she/it justified
we justified
you justified
they justified
Present Continuous
I am justifying
you are justifying
he/she/it is justifying
we are justifying
you are justifying
they are justifying
Present Perfect
I have justified
you have justified
he/she/it has justified
we have justified
you have justified
they have justified
Past Continuous
I was justifying
you were justifying
he/she/it was justifying
we were justifying
you were justifying
they were justifying
Past Perfect
I had justified
you had justified
he/she/it had justified
we had justified
you had justified
they had justified
Future
I will justify
you will justify
he/she/it will justify
we will justify
you will justify
they will justify
Future Perfect
I will have justified
you will have justified
he/she/it will have justified
we will have justified
you will have justified
they will have justified
Future Continuous
I will be justifying
you will be justifying
he/she/it will be justifying
we will be justifying
you will be justifying
they will be justifying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been justifying
you have been justifying
he/she/it has been justifying
we have been justifying
you have been justifying
they have been justifying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been justifying
you will have been justifying
he/she/it will have been justifying
we will have been justifying
you will have been justifying
they will have been justifying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been justifying
you had been justifying
he/she/it had been justifying
we had been justifying
you had been justifying
they had been justifying
Conditional
I would justify
you would justify
he/she/it would justify
we would justify
you would justify
they would justify
Past Conditional
I would have justified
you would have justified
he/she/it would have justified
we would have justified
you would have justified
they would have justified
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.justify - show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for; "The emergency does not warrant all of us buying guns"; "The end justifies the means"
reassert, confirm - strengthen or make more firm; "The witnesses confirmed the victim's account"
2.justify - show to be right by providing justification or proofjustify - show to be right by providing justification or proof; "vindicate a claim"
excuse, explain - serve as a reason or cause or justification of; "Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work"; "Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again"
uphold, maintain - support against an opponent; "The appellate court upheld the verdict"
legitimate - show or affirm to be just and legitimate
3.justify - defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
colour, gloss, color - give a deceptive explanation or excuse for; "color a lie"
plead - offer as an excuse or plea; "She was pleading insanity"
defend, fend for, support - argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike"
extenuate, mitigate, palliate - lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of; "The circumstances extenuate the crime"
4.justify - let off the hookjustify - let off the hook; "I absolve you from this responsibility"
let off, excuse, exempt, relieve - grant exemption or release to; "Please excuse me from this class"
wash one's hands - to absolve oneself of responsibility or future blame; "I wash my hands of this"
forgive - stop blaming or grant forgiveness; "I forgave him his infidelity"; "She cannot forgive him for forgetting her birthday"
5.justify - adjust the spaces between words; "justify the margins"
printing - the business of producing printed material for sale or distribution
adjust, correct, set - alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; "Adjust the clock, please"; "correct the alignment of the front wheels"

justify

justify

verb
1. To show to be just, right, or valid:
2. To be a proper or sufficient occasion for:
3. To assure the certainty or validity of:
4. To support against arguments, attack, or criticism:
5. To offer reasons for or a cause of:
Translations
يُبَرِّرُيُبَرِّر، يُسَوِّغيُبَرِّر، يُكَوِّن عُذْرا
ospravedlnitzarovnat
retfærdiggøreberettige
oikeuttaaperustellatasata
opravdati
igazolindokol
réttlæta
正当化する
정당화하다
pateisinamaspateisinimas
attaisnot
zagovarjatizagovarjati se
motivera
พิสูจน์ว่าถูกต้อง
geçerli bir nedeni olmakhaklı göstermek/çıkarmakhaklılığını göstermek
giải thích

justify

[ˈdʒʌstɪfaɪ] VT
1. (gen) → justificar
he tried to justify his decisiontrató de justificar su decisión
the future does not justify the slightest optimismel futuro no da lugar al más leve optimismo
2. (Typ, Comput) → alinear, justificar

justify

[ˈdʒʌstɪfaɪ] vt [+ action, decision] → justifier
to justify o.s. → se justifier

justify

vt
(= show to be right)rechtfertigen, verteidigen (sth to sb etw vor jdm or jdm gegenüber); you don’t need to justify yourselfSie brauchen sich nicht zu rechtfertigen or verteidigen; don’t try to justify your actionversuchen Sie nicht, Ihre Tat zu entschuldigen or zu verteidigen; am I justified in believing that …?glaube ich zu Recht, dass …?
(= be good reason for)rechtfertigen, ein Grund sein für; the future could hardly be said to justify great optimismdie Zukunft berechtigt wohl kaum zu großem Optimismus; this does not justify his being latedas ist kein Grund für sein Zuspätkommen; he was justified in doing thates war gerechtfertigt, dass er das tat; you’re not justified in talking to her like thatSie haben kein Recht, so mit ihr zu reden
(Typ) → justieren; (Comput) → ausrichten; right/left justifiedrechts-/linksbündig

justify

[ˈdʒʌstɪˌfaɪ] vt (behaviour, action, also) (Typ) → giustificare
to be justified in doing sth → avere ragione di fare qc
am I justified in thinking that ...? → mi sbaglio o...?

justify

(ˈdʒastifai) verb
1. to prove or show (a person, action, opinion etc) to be just, right, desirable or reasonable. How can the government justify the spending of millions of pounds on weapons when there is so much poverty in the country?
2. to be a good excuse for. Your state of anxiety does not justify your being so rude to me.
ˌjustiˈfiable adjective
(negative unjustifiable) able to be justified. Is dishonesty ever justifiable?
ˌjustifiˈcation (-fi-) noun
1. (the act of) justifying or excusing.
2. something that justifies. You have no justification for criticizing him in that way.

justify

يُبَرِّرُ ospravedlnit retfærdiggøre rechtfertigen δικαιολογώ justificar oikeuttaa justifier opravdati giustificare 正当化する 정당화하다 rechtvaardigen rettferdiggjøre usprawiedliwić justificar обосновывать motivera พิสูจน์ว่าถูกต้อง haklılığını göstermek giải thích 论证

justify

v. justificar.
References in classic literature ?
Edna did not protest or endeavor to justify herself.
There is sufficient historical truth in the picture to justify the use that has been made of it.
It was believed that this would establish the fact of the permanent richness of the drifts, and not only justify past expenditure, but a renewed outlay of credit and capital.
The people, in the case of which we speak, could justify its prejudice against Roger Chillingworth by no fact or argument worthy of serious refutation.
And though none of them precisely answer to any known species of the present time, they are yet sufficiently akin to them in general respects, to justify their taking ranks as Cetacean fossils.
I am not trying to justify it; I'm only saying that I was mad, and ANYBODY would have done it.
We arrived a little before four o'clock at the end of our day's journey, hot enough to justify the step, taking by most of the PARTIE, of plunging into the crystal water of the snow-fed lake.
Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.
Did the occasion justify a new costume, or would her aunts think she ought to keep it for the concert?
Bondly came over to see Colonel Lloyd the next day, whether to pay him for his property, or to justify himself in what he had done, I know not.
Knightley think or say what he would, she had done nothing which woman's friendship and woman's feelings would not justify.
A few years however will settle her opinions on the reasonable basis of common sense and observation; and then they may be more easy to define and to justify than they now are, by any body but herself.