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:


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)

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

-- Daniel S. Greenberg ( -)

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

-- Albert Camus (French Philosopher)

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

-- Randall Terry (American Celebrity)

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

-- Wilfred Burchett (Australian Journalist)

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)

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

-- A. E. Housman (English Poet)

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

-- Marc Chagall (French Artist)

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

-- Ralph Steadman (British Cartoonist)

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

-- Edward Abbey (American Author)

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)

I think you have to remember that Americans saw their purpose as so innately good that they could excuse the pain they would inflict on others to carry out those purposes. Because the purposes were so good, they would justify this pain we were inflicting on other people.

-- Neil Sheehan (American Journalist)

You shouldn't have to justify your work.

-- Judy Chicago (American Artist)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Eric Hoffer (American Writer)

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)

The ends must justify the means.

-- Matthew Prior (English Poet)

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 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)

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 ( -)

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)

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)

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

-- Steve Lacy (American Musician)

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

-- Maureen Dowd (American Journalist)

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

-- A. E. Housman (English Poet)

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)

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)

Gentlemen, I fervently trust that before long the principle of arbitration may win such confidence as to justify its extension to a wider field of international differences.

-- Henry Campbell-Bannerman ( -)

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)

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)

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

-- Malcolm Forbes (American Publisher)


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