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:


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)

You shouldn't have to justify your work.

-- Judy Chicago (American Artist)

The ends must justify the means.

-- Matthew Prior (English Poet)

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)

A creator needs only one enthusiast to justify him.

-- Man Ray (American Photographer)

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

-- Thomas Griffith (American Editor)

People will justify whatever for a good cause.

-- Julie Taymor (American Director)

The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.

-- Leon Trotsky (Russian Revolutionary)

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

-- Sargent Shriver (American Politician)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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

-- Steve Lacy (American Musician)

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)

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

-- Wilfred Burchett (Australian Journalist)

Research on child abuse suggests that religious beliefs can foster, encourage, and justify the abuse of children. When contempt for sex underlies teachings, this creates a breeding ground for abuse.

-- Mary Garden ( -)

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)

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)

It got to the point in the late 70s and early 80s that I was spending so much money buying golden age comics that I could only justify it if I got work in the media.

-- Bill Mumy (American Actor)

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

-- Malcolm Forbes (American Publisher)

To leave in search of yourself, of your real needs, is easier when you don't have to justify yourself to anyone, when there are not too many people bestowing you their attention.

-- Isabelle Adjani (French Actress)

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)

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

-- Daniel S. Greenberg ( -)

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

-- Gustav Heinemann (German Politician)

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)

Universities are the cathedrals of the modern age. They shouldn't have to justify their existence by utilitarian criteria.

-- David Lodge (British Author)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Drew Carey (American Actor)


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