• WordNet 3.6
    • v justify adjust the spaces between words "justify the margins"
    • v justify defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior","he rationalized his lack of success"
    • v justify show to be right by providing justification or proof "vindicate a claim"
    • v justify show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for "The emergency does not warrant all of us buying guns","The end justifies the means"
    • v justify let off the hook "I absolve you from this responsibility"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Out of the 34,000 gun deaths in the U.S. each year, fewer than 300 are listed as "justifiable homicide," the only category that could include shooting a burglar, mugger, or rapist.
    • Justify (Print) To form an even surface or true line with something else; to fit exactly.
    • Justify (Print) To make even or true, as lines of type, by proper spacing; to align (text) at the left (left justify) or right (right justify) margins of a column or page, or at both margins; to adjust, as type. See Justification, 4.
    • Justify 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."
    • Justify 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."
      "Unless the oppression is so extreme as to justify revolution, it would not justify the evil of breaking up a government."
    • Justify To prove; to ratify; to confirm.
    • Justify (Law) To qualify (one's self) as a surety by taking oath to the ownership of sufficient property.
    • Justify (Law) To show (a person) to have had a sufficient legal reason for an act that has been made the subject of a charge or accusation.
    • Justify (Law) To take oath to the ownership of property sufficient to qualify one's self as bail or surety.
    • Justify (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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • justify To prove or show to be just or conformable to reason, justice, duty, law, or propriety; vindicate; warrant; uphold.
    • justify To declare innocent or blameless; absolve; acquit; specifically, to free from the guilt or penalty of sin; reconcile to God.
    • justify To prove (any one) to be.
    • justify To make exact; cause to fit or be adapted, as the parts of a complex object; adjust, as lines or columns in printing.
    • justify To judge; pass judgment upon; hence, to punish with death; execute.
    • justify To agree; match; conform exactly; form an even surface or true line with something else: as, in printing, two lines of nonpareil and one of pica justify.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Justify jus′ti-fī to make just: to prove or show to be just or right: to vindicate: to absolve
    • pr.p Justify jus′tifying; pa.p. jus′tified
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  • William G. Dyer
    William G. Dyer
    “Listen. Don't explain or justify.”
  • E. Duane Hulse
    E. Duane Hulse
    “The end never really justifies the meanness.”
  • Albert Camus
    “Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence.”
  • Alexander Herzen
    “You can no more bridle passions with logic than you can justify them in the law courts. Passions are facts and not dogmas.”
  • Albert Camus
    “Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.”
  • Prince Of Wales Charles
    Prince Of Wales Charles
    “All the time I feel I must justify my existence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. justifier, L. justificare,; justus, just + -ficare,in comp.) to make. See Just (a.), and -fy


In literature:

And in every crisis he is steadfast, in every issue justified.
"Principles of Freedom" by Terence J. MacSwiney
He felt the need of a moral programme, of some pillar of cloud and fire that would show him a way he should be justified in taking.
"The Wild Olive" by Basil King
If any such ideas did influence him they were justified by the result.
"The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783" by A. T. Mahan
So will our business relations emerge, purified but justified.
"Have faith in Massachusetts; 2d ed." by Calvin Coolidge
That alone would be sufficient to justify me in dismissing her.
"Lady Rose's Daughter" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
To what extent was this dictum justified?
"Great Britain and the American Civil War" by Ephraim Douglass Adams
It justified not only his presence in the Harden Library, but Miss Harden's presence as his collaborator.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
His bold initiative was therefore justified.
"The Liberation of Italy" by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
Is assassination ever justifiable?
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
Then she remembered her brother's warning and wondered whether it was justified.
"The Lure of the North" by Harold Bindloss
That is a violation of civil society; and members are justified in reverting at once to the primitive ideal.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
Does her end justify her means?
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
It is the justified believer who has learned by experience that his inward spiritual condition is not yet satisfactory.
"Sanctification" by J. W. Byers
It is the experience of men that always returns to the equality of men; it is the average that ultimately justifies the average man.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
How did Peter justify his act?
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Nor is he justified by the custom of other chauffeurs in disregarding the rule.
"Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman" by Albert Sidney Bolles
He justified his choice of a profession.
"The Wave" by Algernon Blackwood
To make it so in fact, all means are justifiable; nay, advisable, even to the point of taking life.
"Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist" by Alexander Berkman
If the Empire is justified at all, it is justified by the ideals which it expresses, and by nothing else.
"A Short History of English Liberalism" by Walter Lyon Blease
We have now presented enough to justify the statement that the Bible is the stanch friend of the home.
"The Bible and Life" by Edwin Holt Hughes

In poetry:

JOHN dogged them all day, without asking their leaves;
For his sergeant he told, aside,
That JIMMY and JANE were notorious thieves
(And I think he was justified).
"Emily, John, James, and I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
It is here in the world and works,
Not done with yet. — Up, then, let the test be tried!
Dare your uttermost, be
Completely, and of your own, like him, be justified.
"Commercial" by Robert Laurence Binyon
By his worth in the light that shall search men
And prove – ay! And justify each – I place him in front of all churchmen
Who feel not, who know not – but preach!
"His Brother’s Keeper" by Henry Lawson
Which the war dance they had
Round a tree at the Bend
Was a sight that was sad;
And it seemed that the end
Would not justify the proceedings,
As I quiet remarked to a friend.
"Further Language From Truthful James" by Francis Bret Harte
Brethren, how must it fare with me,
Or how am I justified,
If it be proven that I am he
For whom mankind has died —
If it be proven that I am he
Who, being questioned, denied?
"The Question" by Rudyard Kipling
'Twas He, that call'd thee to believe the whole
The gospel teaches, from among the blind,
'Twas He, that freely justify'd thy soul,
Through faith in Christ, the Saviour of mankind!
"How A Person Ought To Rouse Up Both Body And Soul, In The Dead Of Night, To Praise His God " by Rees Prichard

In news:

FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to expand the definition of justifiable homicide to provide for the protection of certain unborn children.
Looking for another reason to justify your daily latte.
Find the right data to justify electrical system upgrades.
Proceedings for the 87-year-old writer whose Hollywood-friendlyworks have spawned "3.10 to Yuma" and "Justified" have been held up for a year.
The character inspired hit TV show, "Justified".
Elmore Leonard on 'Raylan' and 'Justified'.
A farm worker who took 'stress leave' after three weeks was justifiably sacked, the ERA has found.
Hamby's skepticism about this charge is well justified.
If I were asked to choose a film that would justify the existence of Hollywood, I think it would be " Rio Bravo.".
High Court rejected notion that mandate justified under Commerce Clause.
' Freedom of the Press ' Doesn't Justify Naked Prince Harry Photos.
In a decision released July 15, the 1st District Court of Appeals suppressed evidence obtained in a frisk saying that people hanging around in a high crime area was not enough to justify the search.
Some pilots will do anything, use any subterfuge and resort to any rationalization to justify buying an airplane.
Before applying for a green card on a foreign worker's behalf, a company must prove it couldn't find similarly skilled Americans, according to a House report justifying the need to eliminate the per-country cap.
"It's hard to justify spending a lot of money on kid's clothes because they grow out of them in five minutes," Falco, 47, tells UsMagazine.com.

In science:

It is easy to justify the formulas obtained there by computations with Brownian motion.
LERW as an example of off-critical SLEs
However, the most important thing left in this part is how to justify the physical meanings of each base.
On the Information of the Second Moments Between Random Variables Using Mutually Unbiased Bases
There still remains the issue of justifying the existence of the limit.
On the Limit Law of a Random Walk Conditioned to Reach a High Level
It suffices to justify that these two properties (being of diameter ≤ n1/4 ε and containing γn) hold simultaneously for some loop in the family to conclude that γn is homotopic to 0 in its ε-neighborhood.
On the sphericity of scaling limits of random planar quadrangulations
Instead, we can justify the martingale limit in (59) by yet another application of the CMT, using the composition map associated with the random time changes, in addition to a functional central limit theorem (FCLT) for scaled Poisson processes.
Martingale proofs of many-server heavy-traffic limits for Markovian queues
However, to justify this we need to establish two facts.
Excursion sets of stable random fields
Of course, something has to be said about justifying the change of order of integration and expectation at (49), which we shall do in Lemma 8.5 below.
Excursion sets of stable random fields
The essence of the RH approach is that we don’t need to justify this procedure.
Lectures on random matrix models. The Riemann-Hilbert approach
Thus it remains to justify the above estimate.
Riesz transforms for the Dunkl harmonic oscillator
The aim of this section is to justify the coordinate form of the d’Alembertian.
The wave equation on static singular space-times
Only in the last section we justify this choice in the sense that we show that choosing any other symmetric representative would have lead to the same generalized solution.
The wave equation on static singular space-times
We shall come back to the equations (26), and justify the denomination messages, in Sec. V C; these can be interpreted as the Belief Propagation [46, 48, 49] heuristic equations for loopy factor graphs.
A review of the Statistical Mechanics approach to Random Optimization Problems
We first do so, then justify our assertion that P {E , Nk = 0} = O(n−6).
Ballot theorems for random walks with finite variance
First, consider the antidiagonal filling of δ ′ (λ), and justify its columns in such a way that equal entries are now in same rows.
The defining ideals of conjugacy classes of nilpotent matrices and a conjecture of Weyman
In order to justify (1.6), let us define J : Rd → R+ by J (ξ ) = inf µ∈Aξ I(µ).
Quenched large deviations for random walk in a random environment