Definitions of justify

  1. To conform exactly; to space out lines all to the same even length, and thus make every line to range.
  2. 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.
  3. To qualify ( one's self) as a surely by taking oath to the ownership of sufficient property.
  4. To show or prove to be right; as, to justify the ways of God to men; pardon; pronounce free from blame.
  5. To make just: to prove or show to be just or right: to vindicate: to absolve: in printing, to adjust and cause to fit as type in the forms:- pr. p. justifying; pa. p. justified.
  6. To prove to be just or right; vindicate.
  7. To show to be just; vindicate.
  8. To declare blameless; exonerate.
  9. To adjust.
  10. To form an even surface or true line with something else; to fit exactly.
  11. To take oath to the ownership of property sufficient to qualify one's self as bail or surety.
  12. In printing, to make even, as lines.
  13. defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; " rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; " he rationalized his lack of success"
  14. show to be right by providing justification or prove; " vindicate a claim"
  15. adjust the spaces between words; " justify the margins"
  16. show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for; " The emergency does not warrant all of us buying guns"; " The end justifies the means"
  17. To prove or show to be right or just; to vindicate as right; to pardon or clear from guilt; in theol., to accept and treat as just or righteous for the sake of the merits of Christ Jesus; in printing, to form even or true lines of; to adjust; to conform exactly.
  18. Justifying.
  19. To prove or show to be just; to vindicate; to maintain or defend as conformable to law, right, justice, propriety, or duty.
  20. 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.
  21. To treat as if righteous and just; to pardon; to exculpate; to absolve.
  22. To prove; to ratify; to confirm.
  23. To make even or true, as lines of type, by proper spacing; to adjust, as type. See Justification, 4.
  24. Justified.