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justify

jus·ti·fy

justify

 
 
pronunciation:
juh stih faI
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part of speech: verb
inflections: justified, justifies, justifying
definition 1: to show to be true or right; prove.
The photograph justified his claim that he had met the president.
synonyms:
demonstrate, prove
similar words:
confirm, defend, explain, support, uphold, verify
definition 2: to show good reasons or cause for.
I justified eating the last piece of pie by saying that it would be thrown away otherwise.
synonyms:
defend, demonstrate
similar words:
account, assert, authorize, explain, support, uphold
derivation: justified (adj.)
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