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:


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

-- Maureen Dowd (American Journalist)

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)

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)

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)

The implications of these considerations justify the statement that all empirically verifiable knowledge even the commonsense knowledge of everyday life - involves implicitly, if not explicitly, systematic theory in this sense.

-- Talcott Parsons (American Sociologist)

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)

I had given up magic, because it had reached a state of perfection. I felt that I was able to transform men into animals. I did not make use of this capability, because I believed I could not justify an intervention of this kind in the life of another person.

-- Wolfgang Hildesheimer (German Author)

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

-- Malcolm Forbes (American Publisher)

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

-- Randall Terry (American Celebrity)

All the time I feel I must justify my existence.

-- Prince Charles (English Royalty)

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)

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

-- Albert Camus (French Philosopher)

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

-- Sargent Shriver (American Politician)

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

-- Eric Hoffer (American Writer)

You enter a state of controlled passivity, you relax your grip and accept that even if your declared intention is to justify the ways of God to man, you might end up interesting your readers rather more in Satan.

-- Ian Mcewan (British Author)

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)

People will justify whatever for a good cause.

-- Julie Taymor (American Director)

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)

The desire to be rewarded for one's creativity does not justify depriving the world in general of all or part of that creativity.

-- Richard Stallman ( Scientist)

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

-- Gustav Heinemann (German Politician)

It will never do to plead sin as an excuse for sin, or to attempt to justify sinful acts by pleading that we have an evil heart. This instead of being a valid apology, is the very ground of our condemnation.

-- Archibald Alexander (American Clergyman)

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)

I'm not a Hollywood basher because enough good movies come out of the Hollywood system every year to justify its existence, without any apologies.

-- Quentin Tarantino (American Director)

Love is the self-delusion we manufacture to justify the trouble we take to have sex.

-- Daniel S. Greenberg ( -)

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)

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)

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

-- Ralph Steadman (British Cartoonist)

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

-- Wilfred Burchett (Australian Journalist)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Alfred Edward Housman (English Poet)

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 creator needs only one enthusiast to justify him.

-- Man Ray (American Photographer)

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.

-- Ted Koppel (American Journalist)


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