verb (justifies, justifying, justified)[with object]
- 1Show or prove to be right or reasonable: the person appointed has fully justified our confidenceMore example sentences
give grounds for, give reasons for, give a justification for, show just cause for, explain, give an explanation for, account for, show/prove to be reasonable, provide a rationale for, rationalize; defend, answer for, vindicate, substantiate, uphold, sustain; establish, legitimize, legitimatize
- Your anxiety may prove to be fully justified, and if after the first year I'm persuaded that you are right I will have an opportunity to remedy the situation.
- His sentiments were echoed by Richard Crumlish and it seems their confidence has been fully justified after the opening shows.
- Wall was immense throughout and fully justified the complete confidence management had in him.
- 1.1Be a good reason for: the situation was grave enough to justify further investigationMore example sentences
- These seem reasons enough to justify his more favourable assessment in recent years.
- Well, there are a whole lot of reasons to justify the tax cut the president's been advocating.
- The Court therefore finds that the reasons put forward as justifying the interference found are not sufficient to satisfy the requirements of paragraph of Article 8.
- 2 Theology Declare or make righteous in the sight of God: one of the elect, justified by faithMore example sentences
- We are justified only by faith in this Jesus, he insists.
- In Romans 3 Paul insists on six occasions that we are justified by faith.
- Some falsely claimed that because we are justified by faith, Paul taught that we can sin as much as we like!
- 3 Printing Adjust (a line of type or piece of text) so that the print fills a space evenly or forms a straight edge at the margin: in most European languages you justify text by adding space between letters and wordsMore example sentences
- The last of the three margins - the left hand margin - was used to keep a clear line for justifying the text.
- An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported that justifying online text would yield excessive hyphenation.
- Now poems are easily detectable on the page, because their right hand margins aren't justified.
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- He maintains that any belief meeting this requirement must be based on ‘a justificatory argument,’ hence be ‘inferentially justified’ by other beliefs.
- But if one's goal is to see that international law is enforced or that human rights are respected, then the stakes and the justificatory context are quite different.
- She finds that key aspects of defeating such groups are to take away the power of the leader's recruiting and justificatory tools.
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- In a sense we can take some solace these days from the fact that the enablers and justifiers of torture seem more and more isolated and embattled.
- The higher the price, the more justifiers must exist in the consumer's mind,’ Danziger explained.
- One of consumers' favorite justifiers for home decorating purchases is that a particular item has worn out and needs to be replaced.
Middle English (in the senses 'administer justice to' and 'inflict a judicial penalty on'): from Old French justifier, from Christian Latin justificare 'do justice to', from Latin justus (see just).