Definitions for: Justify


[v] adjust the spaces between words; in printing; "justify the margins"
[v] defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
[v] show to be right by providing justification or prove; "vindicate a claim"
[v] show to be reasonable
[v] let off the hook; "I absolve you from this responsibility"



Webster (1913) Definition: Jus"ti*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Justified; p. pr. &
vb. n. Justifying.] [F. justifier, L. justificare; justus
just + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Just, a., and
-fy.]
1. To prove or show to be just; to vindicate; to maintain or
defend as conformable to law, right, justice, propriety,
or duty.

That to the height of this great argument I may
assert eternal providence, And justify the ways of
God to men. --Milton.

Unless the oppression is so extreme as to justify
revolution, it would not justify the evil of
breaking up a government. --E. Everett.

2. To pronounce free from guilt or blame; to declare or prove
to have done that which is just, right, proper, etc.; to
absolve; to exonerate; to clear.

I can not justify whom the law condemns. --Shak.

3. (Theol.) To treat as if righteous and just; to pardon; to
exculpate; to absolve.

By him all that believe are justified from all
things, from which ye could not be justified by the
law of Moses. --Acts xiii.
39.

4. To prove; to ratify; to confirm. [Obs.] --Shak.

5. (Print.) To make even or true, as lines of type, by proper
spacing; to adjust, as type. See Justification, 4.

Syn: To defend; maintain; vindicate; excuse; exculpate;
absolve; exonerate.


Jus"ti*fy, v. i.
1. (Print.) To form an even surface or true line with
something else; to fit exactly.



2. (Law) To take oath to the ownership of property sufficient
to qualify one's self as bail or surety.


Jus"ti*fy, v. t. (Law)
(a) To show (a person) to have had a sufficient legal reason
for an act that has been made the subject of a change or
accusation.
(b) To qualify (one's self) as a surely by taking oath to the
ownership of sufficient property.

The production of bail in court, who there justify
themselves against the exception of the plaintiff.
--Bouvier's
Law Dict.

Synonyms: absolve, apologise, apologize, excuse, free, rationalise, rationalize, vindicate, warrant

Antonyms: blame, fault

See Also: adjust, color, colour, confirm, defend, exempt, explain, extenuate, fend for, forgive, gloss, legitimate, let off, maintain, mitigate, palliate, plead, reassert, relieve, set, support, uphold, wash one's hands

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Famous Quotes Containing Justify:


I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A. I wouldn't say it's the cause of terrorism, but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts.

-- Jimmy Carter (American President)

Malt does more than Milton can to justify God's ways to man.

-- A. E. Housman (English Poet)

Christians take Scriptures out of context to try to justify or to vindicate retreat and cowardice.

-- Randall Terry (American Celebrity)

By reading Huckleberry Finn I felt I was able to justify my act of going into the mountain forest at night and sleeping among the trees with a sense of security which I could never find indoors.

-- Kenzaburo Oe (Japanese Writer)

Racists are irrational and illogical in their attempts to justify their prejudices.

-- Sargent Shriver (American Politician)

The British were white, English, and Protestant, just as we were. They had to have some other basis on which to justify independence, and happily they were able to formulate the inalienable truths set forth in the Declaration.

-- Samuel P. Huntington ( Sociologist)

You must have the music to justify an instrument's extensive use.

-- Steve Lacy (American Musician)

Nothing can justify war.

-- Isaac Rosenberg (English Poet)

Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence.

-- Albert Camus (French Philosopher)

Everywhere, authority and tradition have to justify themselves in the face of questions.

-- Gustav Heinemann (German Politician)

It is not to be forgotten that what we call rational grounds for our beliefs are often extremely irrational attempts to justify our instincts.

-- Thomas Huxley (English Scientist)

It's more fun to arrive a conclusion than to justify it.

-- Malcolm Forbes (American Publisher)

You can no more bridle passions with logic than you can justify them in the law courts. Passions are facts and not dogmas.

-- Alexander Herzen (Russian Journalist)

Those newspapers of the nation which most loudly cried dictatorship against me would have been the first to justify the beginnings of dictatorship by somebody else.

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt (American President)

It is not impossible to think that the minds of philosophers sometimes act like those of other mortals, and that, having once been determined by diverse circumstances to adopt certain views, they then look for and naturally find reasons to justify these views.

-- Morris Raphael Cohen (Russian Philosopher)

Man has an innate capacity for violence, but can only justify it in the name of justice.

-- Ralph Steadman (British Cartoonist)

The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.

-- Eric Hoffer (American Writer)

Your own barometer is all you have to go by, and often what makes a good director is knowing when not to say something. On occasions you can find yourself on a film set where the person who is wearing the director's hat is only trying to justify his position.

-- Gary Oldman (English Actor)

Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life.

-- Marc Chagall (French Artist)

I feel like I'm always having to justify why I haven't kept in touch with anyone from the old days in Stoke-on-Trent, but I'm like that with anybody. I don't let anybody in. I just rely on myself.

-- Robbie Williams (British Musician)

The compelled mother loves her child as the caged bird sings. The song does not justify the cage nor the love the enforcement.

-- Germaine Greer (Australian Activist)

Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought.

-- Milan Kundera (Czechoslovakian Writer)

I fail to understand how you can justify a poll tax on the entire population, yet exclude a significant proportion of that population from programmes that this tax is paying for.

-- Jonathan Dimbleby (British Writer)

I'm 20 years old. I like to party as much as anyone my age. Going clubbing is my way of relaxing or releasing a lot of stress. I don't feel that I should have to justify that part of my life. I don't know that I'm necessarily an addict.

-- Lindsay Lohan (American Actress)

It was an interesting question as to whether the BBC had a future in the digital world, and what form of market failure could justify the licence fee system.

-- Gavyn Davies (British Businessman)

Furniture manufacturing in plastics requires very costly machinery, which the Danish market is not big enough to justify. Or so they say. But show me a plastics manufacturer who dares to take on the experiment.

-- Arne Jacobsen (Danish Architect)

You can have immediate regrets, but if you look at stuff and say, 'Things happen for a reason', there's a fatalistic thing about it. Something will happen that will justify it in some way.

-- Martin Landau (American Actor)

I think people could justify labeling me if they saw a pattern in what I do, but right now that's impossible.

-- Skeet Ulrich (American Actor)

And malt does more than Milton can To justify the ways of God to man.

-- Alfred Edward Housman (English Poet)

Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.

-- Louis D. Brandeis (American Judge)

There's always been some moron-who usually went by the name of 'producer' - who would have to justify his existence, and interfere.

-- Frank Tashlin (American Artist)

A Code of Honor: Never approach a friend's girlfriend or wife with mischief as your goal. There are just too many women in the world to justify that sort of dishonorable behavior. Unless she's really attractive.

-- Bruce Jay Friedman (American Novelist)

All the time I feel I must justify my existence.

-- Prince Charles (English Royalty)

People will justify whatever for a good cause.

-- Julie Taymor (American Director)

A creator needs only one enthusiast to justify him.

-- Man Ray (American Photographer)


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