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:


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)

American Gods is about 200,000 words long, and I'm sure there are words that are simply in there 'cause I like them. I know I couldn't justify each and every one of them.

-- Neil Gaiman (British Author)

If the end does not justify the means - what can?

-- Edward Abbey (American Author)

There's no way I can justify my salary level, but I'm learning to live with it.

-- Drew Carey (American Actor)

You shouldn't have to justify your work.

-- Judy Chicago (American 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)

Whenever we approve, we can find a hundred good reasons to justify our approbation. Whenever we dislike, we can find a thousand to justify our dislike.

-- Samuel Richardson (English Novelist)

Clients do not expect the infrastructure to be any less reliable just because the service is being delivered from an offshore location; thus, the uptime requirements justify the expense.

-- Sanjay Kumar ( Businessman)

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)

Dictators must have enemies. They must have internal enemies to justify their secret police and external enemies to justify their military forces.

-- Richard Perle (American Public Servant)

Everything must justify its existence before the judgment seat of Reason, or give up existence.

-- Friedrich Engels (German Philosopher)

Even if certain rogue countries do things we wish nobody did, it doesn't necessarily mean that their foolishness should justify our following suit.

-- Leon Kass (American Educator)

One must not attempt to justify them, but rather to sense their nature simply and clearly.

-- Maureen Dowd (American Journalist)

I felt strongly that since the pursuit of good science was so difficult it was essential that the problem being studied was an important one to justify the effort expanded.

-- Paul Nurse (British Scientist)

If a trip is worth taking, members of Congress should be prepared to justify paying for it out of their office accounts.

-- Russ Feingold (American Politician)

I think one of the important evolutions is that we no longer feel compulsively the need to argue, or to justify things on a kind of rational level. We are much more willing to admit that certain things are completely instinctive and others are really intellectual.

-- Rem Koolhaas (Dutch Architect)

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)

Anderson's muckraking is one of debatable ends constantly used to justify questionable works.

-- Thomas Griffith (American Editor)

Where the suspect poses no immediate threat to the officer and no threat to others, the harm resulting from the failing to apprehend him does not justify the use of deadly force to do so.

-- Byron White (American Judge)

Could anything justify the extermination of civilians on such a scale?

-- Wilfred Burchett (Australian Journalist)

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)

Business should never be allowed to justify mean, thug ugly deals for any reason.

-- Ralph Steadman (British Cartoonist)

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)

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)

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)

There are so many things a large intelligence espionage organization can do to justify its existence, that people can get promotions for, because it could result in results.

-- Aldrich Ames (American Criminal)

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)

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

-- Eric Hoffer (American Writer)

A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide.

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes (American Writer)

Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.

-- Albert Camus (French Philosopher)

While I remain troubled by the Corps' inability to fully justify the Model they used for their commercial traffic predictions, America clearly has an aging lock and dam infrastructure on the Mississippi.

-- Ron Kind (American Politician)

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

-- Alfred Edward Housman (English Poet)

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

-- Malcolm Forbes (American Publisher)

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

-- Steve Lacy (American Musician)

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

-- Randall Terry (American Celebrity)


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