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 adjective justifier noun.
ORIGIN Latin justificare 'do justice to' .

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  • Justificatory — Jus*tif i*ca*to*ry (?; 277), a. Vindicatory; defensory; justificative. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • justificatory — index palliative (excusing) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • justificatory — [jus′tə fi kāt΄ivjəs tif′i kə tôr΄ē; jus′tə fə kāt΄ə rē] adj. [< LL justificatus, justified, pp. of justificare (see JUSTIFY) + ORY] justifying; serving to uphold or vindicate: also justificative [jus′tə fi kāt΄iv] …   English World dictionary

  • justificatory — adjective Date: 1579 tending or serving to justify ; vindicatory …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • justificatory — /ju stif i keuh tawr ee, tohr ee, jus teuh fi kay teuh ree/, adj. serving to justify; providing justification. Also, justificative /jus teuh fi kay tiv/. [1570 80; < LL justifica(re) to JUSTIFY + TORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • justificatory — adjective providing justification …   Wiktionary

  • justificatory — adj. serving to justify, supporting, defending, excusingjus·ti·fi·ca·to·ry || dÊ’ÊŒstɪfɪkeɪtÉ”rɪ / trɪ …   English contemporary dictionary

  • justificatory — adj 1. substantiative, substantiating, supportive, supporting, upholding, sustaining, justificative, justifying; apologetic, extenuatory, extenuating, mitigative, mitigating, palliative, palliating. 2. exculpatory, exculpating, acquitting,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • justificatory — jus·tif·i·ca·to·ry …   English syllables

  • justificatory — jus•tif•i•ca•to•ry [[t]dʒʌˈstɪf ɪ kəˌtɔr i, ˌtoʊr i, ˈdʒʌs tə fɪˌkeɪ tə ri[/t]] also jus′ti•fi•ca tive adj. providing justification • Etymology: 1570–80 …   From formal English to slang

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