justify

  • 1 Justify — Jus ti*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Justified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Justifying}.] [F. justifier, L. justificare; justus just + ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Just}, a., and { fy}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To prove or show to be just; to vindicate; to… …

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  • 2 justify — jus·ti·fy / jəs tə ˌfī/ vb fied, fy·ing vt 1: to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable does not justify a denial of bail 2: to show to have had a legally sufficient reason or cause a defendant may not set up his own standard of conduct… …

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  • 3 Justify — «Justify» Sencillo de The Rasmus del álbum Black roses Formato Descarga digital, CD Single Grabación 2008 Género(s) Rock, Soft Rock Du …

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  • 4 justify — 1 vindicate, defend, *maintain, assert Analogous words: *prove, demonstrate: *support, uphold, back Contrasted words: *disprove, refute, confute 2 account, rationalize, * …

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  • 5 justify — [jus′tə fī΄] vt. justified, justifying [ME justifien < OFr justifier < LL (chiefly Ec.) justificare, to act justly toward, justify < L justus,JUST1 + ficare < facere, to DO1] 1. to show to be just, right, or in accord with reason;… …

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  • 6 Justify — Jus ti*fy, v. i. 1. (Print.) To form an even surface or true line with something else; to fit exactly. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) To take oath to the ownership of property sufficient to qualify one s self as bail or surety. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 justify — (v.) c.1300, to administer justice; late 14c., to show (something) to be just or right, from O.Fr. justifiier submit to court proceedings (12c.), from L. iustificare act justly toward, make just, from iustificus dealing justly, righteous, from… …

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  • 8 justify — [v] legitimize, substantiate absolve, acquit, advocate, alibi*, answer for, apologize for, approve, argue for, assert, be answerable for, bear out, brief, claim, clear, condone, confirm, contend, cop a plea*, countenance, crawl, defend, do… …

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  • 9 justify — ► VERB (justifies, justified) 1) prove to be right or reasonable. 2) be a good reason for. 3) Printing adjust (text) so that the lines of type fill a given width exactly, forming a straight right edge. DERIVATIVES justification noun justificatory …

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  • 10 justify — verb ADVERB ▪ really, truly ▪ Can you really justify the destruction of such a fine old building? ▪ easily ▪ The university could not easily justify spending the money on this. ▪ …

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  • 11 justify */*/ — UK [ˈdʒʌstɪfaɪ] / US [ˈdʒʌstɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms justify : present tense I/you/we/they justify he/she/it justifies present participle justifying past tense justified past participle justified 1) a) to show that there is a good… …

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  • 12 justify — jus|ti|fy [ dʒʌstı,faı ] verb transitive ** 1. ) to show that there is a good reason for something, especially something that other people think is wrong: You ll be expected to justify your actions. It was becoming increasingly difficult to… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 justify — 01. It is important to [justify] your opinions rather than just saying something without explaining why you feel that way. 02. Do you think that the use of violence is [justifiable] in order to prevent further violence? 03. Steve was… …

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  • 14 justify — jus|ti|fy W3S2 [ˈdʒʌstıfaı] v past tense and past participle justified present participle justifying third person singular justifies [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: justifier, from Late Latin justificare, from Latin justus; JUST2] …

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  • 15 justify — / dZVstifaI/ verb (T) 1 to give an acceptable explanation for something that other people think is unreasonable: How can you justify the expense? | justify doing sth: It s hard to justify making everyone wait for so long. 2 justify yourself (to… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 Justify — The term justify has many meanings: * To validate one s statement with positive evidence. See justification. * Justification in typesetting, i.e., to align text horizontally or vertically so that the first and last characters of every line, or… …

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  • 17 justify — justifier, n. justifyingly, adv. /jus teuh fuy /, v., justified, justifying. v.t. 1. to show (an act, claim, statement, etc.) to be just or right: The end does not always justify the means. 2. to defend or uphold as warranted or well grounded:… …

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  • 18 justify — v. 1) (B) can you justify your actions to me? 2) (G) nothing justifies cheating on an exam 3) (K) what justified her being late? * * * [ dʒʌstɪfaɪ] (B) can you justify your actions to me? (G) nothing justifyies cheating on an exam (K) what… …

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  • 19 justify — [[t]ʤʌ̱stɪfaɪ[/t]] ♦♦♦ justifies, justifying, justified VERB To justify a decision, action, or idea means to show or prove that it is reasonable or necessary. [V n] No argument can justify a war... [V n] Ministers agreed that this decision was… …

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  • 20 justify*/*/ — [ˈdʒʌstɪˌfaɪ] verb [T] to show that there is a good reason for something The results justify all our hard work.[/ex] How can you justify spending all that money?[/ex] …

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