from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To demonstrate or prove to be just, right, or valid: justified each budgetary expense as necessary; anger that is justified by the circumstances.
- transitive v. To declare free of blame; absolve.
- transitive v. To free (a human) of the guilt and penalty attached to grievous sin. Used of God.
- transitive v. Law To demonstrate sufficient legal reason for (an action taken).
- transitive v. Law To prove to be qualified as a bondsman.
- transitive v. Printing To adjust the spacing within (lines in a document, for example), so that the lines end evenly at a straight margin.
- intransitive v. Printing To be adjusted in spacing so as to end evenly at the margin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To provide an acceptable explanation for.
- v. To be a good, acceptable reason for; warrant.
- v. To arrange (text) on a page or a computer screen such that the left and right ends of all lines within paragraphs are aligned.
- v. To absolve, and declare to be free of blame or sin
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To prove or show to be just; to vindicate; to maintain or defend as conformable to law, right, justice, propriety, or duty.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To treat as if righteous and just; to pardon; to exculpate; to absolve.
- transitive v. To prove; to ratify; to confirm.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To qualify (one's self) as a surety by taking oath to the ownership of sufficient property.
- intransitive v. To form an even surface or true line with something else; to fit exactly.
- intransitive v. To take oath to the ownership of property sufficient to qualify one's self as bail or surety.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To prove or show to be just or conformable to reason, justice, duty, law, or propriety; vindicate; warrant; uphold.
- To declare innocent or blameless; absolve; acquit; specifically, to free from the guilt or penalty of sin; reconcile to God.
- To prove (any one) to be.
- To make exact; cause to fit or be adapted, as the parts of a complex object; adjust, as lines or columns in printing.
- To judge; pass judgment upon; hence, to punish with death; execute.
- To agree; match; conform exactly; form an even surface or true line with something else: as, in printing, two lines of nonpareil and one of pica justify.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for
- v. let off the hook
- v. defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
- v. adjust the spaces between words
- v. show to be right by providing justification or proof
Middle English justifien, from Old French justifier, from Late Latin iūstificāre, from Latin, to act justly toward : iūstus, just; see just1 + -ficāre, -fy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin justificare ("make just"), from justus, iustus ("just"), + to make, from facere. (Wiktionary)