Justify

Definition of Justify

Jus´ti`fy
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Justified ; p. pr. & vb. n. Justifying .]
1.To prove or show to be just; to vindicate; to maintain or defend as conformable to law, right, justice, propriety, or duty.
That to the height of this great argument
I may assert eternal providence,
And justify the ways of God to men.
- Milton.
Unless the oppression is so extreme as to justify revolution, it would not justify the evil of breaking up a government.
- E. Everett.
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.
I can not justify whom the law condemns.
- Shak.
3.(Theol.) To treat as if righteous and just; to pardon; to exculpate; to absolve.
By him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
- Acts xiii. 39.
4.To prove; to ratify; to confirm.
5.(Print.) To make even or true, as lines of type, by proper spacing; to align (text) at the left (left justify) or right (right justify) margins of a column or page, or at both margins; to adjust, as type. See Justification, 4.
6.(Law) To show (a person) to have had a sufficient legal reason for an act that has been made the subject of a charge or accusation.
The production of bail in court, who there justify themselves against the exception of the plaintiff.
- Bouvier's Law Dict.
v. i.1.(Print.) To form an even surface or true line with something else; to fit exactly.
2.(Law) To take oath to the ownership of property sufficient to qualify one's self as bail or surety.

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