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[juhs-tuh-fahy] /ˈdʒʌs təˌfaɪ/

verb (used with object), justified, justifying.
to show (an act, claim, statement, etc.) to be just or right:
The end does not always justify the means.
to defend or uphold as warranted or well-grounded:
Don’t try to justify his rudeness.
Theology. to declare innocent or guiltless; absolve; acquit.

verb (used without object), justified, justifying.

Printing. (of a line of type) to fit exactly into a desired length.
verb (mainly transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
(often passive) to prove or see to be just or valid; vindicate: he was certainly justified in taking the money
to show to be reasonable; warrant or substantiate: his behaviour justifies our suspicion
to declare or show to be free from blame or guilt; absolve

(also intransitive) (printing, computing) to adjust the spaces between words in (a line of type or data) so that it is of the required length or (of a line of type or data) to fit exactly

(also intransitive) (law) to prove (a person) to have sufficient means to act as surety, etc, or (of a person) to qualify to provide bail or surety

c.1300, “to administer justice;” late 14c., “to show (something) to be just or right,” from Old French justifiier “submit to court proceedings” (12c.), from Latin iustificare “act justly toward, make just,” from iustificus “dealing justly, righteous,” from iustus “just” (see just (adj.)) + root of facere “to do” (see factitious). Of circumstances, “to afford justification,” from 1630s. Meaning “to make exact” (now largely restricted to typesetting) is from 1550s. Related: Justified; justifying.


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