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justify

jus·ti·fy

justify

 
pronunciation:
juh stih faI
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: justified, justifies, justifying
definition 1: to demonstrate (something) to be true or valid.
You'll need solid evidence to justify your claim.
synonyms:
back, demonstrate, evince, prove, substantiate, vindicate
similar words:
alibi, confirm, corroborate, defend, explain, legitimize, support, uphold, validate, verify
definition 2: to give reasonable grounds for or attest to the rightness of; warrant.
He justified his decision to stay, saying it was best for his wife and children.He justified eating a big dinner by reminding himself that he hadn't had lunch.She tried to justify her betrayal of her friend, but in the end she could not rid herself of guilt.
synonyms:
back, defend, demonstrate, evince, legitimize, substantiate, warrant
similar words:
account, alibi, assert, authorize, corroborate, explain, rationalize, support, uphold, vindicate
definition 3: to absolve of sin or error; declare or make free of blame or guilt.
He's done many good things, but it doesn't justify him in his actions in this case.
synonyms:
absolve, clear, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate
similar words:
acquit, alibi, excuse, forgive, pardon, redeem
definition 4: to make (margins or lines of type) even throughout a text by setting the spacing of each line.
The word processing program justifies the margins for you automatically.
similar words:
margin, space
derivation: justified (adj.)
Word Parts
The word justify contains the following parts:
-fy, -ify, -efy Latin verb-forming suffix that means make, cause to be, become
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The suffix group -fy , -ify , -efy forms verbs from primarily Latin bases. When -ify attaches to an English base, the base is an adjective (uglify , Frenchify ) or noun (citify , zombify) usually having one syllable or two syllables ending in |i|. Verbs ending in -fy have corresponding noun forms ending in -ion: as a rule, -ify becomes -ification (verify , verification); -efy becomes -efaction (putrefy , putrefaction). See also fac, fic, fec, fact, fect.