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Verb: justify  'jús-tu,fI
  1. Show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for
    "The end justifies the means";
    - warrant
  2. Show to be right by providing justification or proof
    "justify a claim";
    - vindicate
  3. Defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
    "justify the child's seemingly crazy behaviour";
    - apologize, apologise [Brit], excuse, rationalize, rationalise [Brit]
  4. Let off the hook
    - absolve, free
  5. (printing) adjust the spaces between words
    "justify the margins"

Derived forms: justified, justifying, justifies

Type of: adjust, confirm, correct, defend, fend for, forgive, maintain, pardon, reassert, set, support, uphold

Encyclopedia: Justify