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:


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

-- Gustav Heinemann (German Politician)

It was not until I had graduated from college that I made a professional commitment to it. Frankly, I didn't think it wise. I was my own interior parental force, and it's very difficult to justify a profession as a dancer.

-- Twyla Tharp (American Dancer)

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

-- Malcolm Forbes (American Publisher)

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)

Islam expect every Muslim to do this duty, and if we realise our responsibility time will come soon when we shall justify ourselves worthy of a glorious past.

-- Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Pakistani Politician)

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

-- Albert Camus (French Philosopher)

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

-- Ted Koppel (American Journalist)

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)

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)

As many will remember, a respected Army Corps economist filed a whistleblower complaint about the Corps' use of faulty data to justify lock and dam expansion.

-- Ron Kind (American Politician)

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)

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)

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

-- A. E. Housman (English Poet)

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)

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'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)

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

-- Edward Abbey (American Author)

How could you justify giving Holland twice the amount of money that you gave Belgium? Well, finally, I put it up to them. They said that they couldn't do it; it would destroy them. I said they had to do it. And I finally got support from Hoffman on it.

-- W. Averell Harriman (American Politician)

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

-- Maureen Dowd (American Journalist)

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 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)

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)

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

-- Milan Kundera (Czechoslovakian Writer)

I had to go to a mirror and look at it. I couldn't picture myself in my own head. I had no image beyond a stick figure. I wasn't a mean person as a kid, or dumb, and something has to be said to justify excluding you.

-- Uma Thurman (American Actress)

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)

All the time I feel I must justify my existence.

-- Prince Charles (English Royalty)

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)

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

-- Wilfred Burchett (Australian Journalist)

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)

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)

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

-- Marc Chagall (French Artist)

If we justify war, it is because all peoples always justify the traits of which they find themselves possessed, not because war will bear an objective examination of its merits.

-- Ruth Benedict (American Scientist)

A creator needs only one enthusiast to justify him.

-- Man Ray (American Photographer)

You shouldn't have to justify your work.

-- Judy Chicago (American Artist)

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

-- Ralph Steadman (British Cartoonist)


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