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Definition of Justify

Justify

  1. To prove or show to be just; to vindicate; to maintain or defend as conformable to law, right, justice, propriety, or duty.
  2. 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.
  3. To treat as if righteous and just; to pardon; to exculpate; to absolve.
  4. To prove; to ratify; to confirm.
  5. To make even or true, as lines of type, by proper spacing; to adjust, as type. See Justification, 4.
  6. To form an even surface or true line with something else; to fit exactly.
  7. To take oath to the ownership of property sufficient to qualify one's self as bail or surety.
  8. 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.
  9. To qualify (one's self) as a surely by taking oath to the ownership of sufficient property.

Justify Quotations

Even today we raise our hand against our brother... We have perfected our weapons, our conscience has fallen asleep, and we have sharpened our ideas to justify ourselves as if it were normal we continue to sow destruction, pain, death. Violence and war lead only to death.
Pope Francis

Abortion and racism are both symptoms of a fundamental human error. The error is thinking that when someone stands in the way of our wants, we can justify getting that person out of our lives. Abortion and racism stem from the same poisonous root, selfishness.
Alveda King

I am disturbed by how states abuse laws on Internet access. I am concerned that surveillance programmes are becoming too aggressive. I understand that national security and criminal activity may justify some exceptional and narrowly-tailored use of surveillance. But that is all the more reason to safeguard human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Ban Ki-moon

The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.
Leon Trotsky

Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.
Albert Camus
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Justify Translations

justify in French is saillir, motiver, justifier, justifions, justifiez
justify in Spanish is fundar, justifique
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