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
1. To prove or show to be just; to vindicate; to maintain or
defend as conformable to law, right, justice, propriety,
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.
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;
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
(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.
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life.-- Marc Chagall (French Artist)
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)
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)
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)
A creator needs only one enthusiast to justify him.-- Man Ray (American Photographer)
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)
Racists are irrational and illogical in their attempts to justify their prejudices.-- Sargent Shriver (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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
If the end does not justify the means - what can?-- Edward Abbey (American Author)
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)
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)
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)
The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.-- Eric Hoffer (American Writer)
And malt does more than Milton can to justify God's ways to man.-- A. E. Housman (English Poet)
Business should never be allowed to justify mean, thug ugly deals for any reason.-- Ralph Steadman (British Cartoonist)
You shouldn't have to justify your work.-- Judy Chicago (American Artist)
Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence.-- Albert Camus (French Philosopher)
A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance.-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery (French Novelist)
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)
Disapproval of homosexuality cannot justify invading the houses, hearts and minds of citizens who choose to live their lives differently.-- Harry A. Blackmun (American Judge)
Love is the self-delusion we manufacture to justify the trouble we take to have sex.-- Daniel S. Greenberg ( -)
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)
History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.-- Ted Koppel (American Journalist)
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)
Nothing can justify war.-- Isaac Rosenberg (English Poet)
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