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  Definition of justify
  1. adjust the spaces between words; "justify the margins"
  2. defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child''s seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
  3. show to be right by providing justification or proof; "vindicate a claim"
  4. show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for; "The emergency does not warrant all of us buying guns"; "The end justifies the means"
  5. let off the hook; "I absolve you from this responsibility"
Similar Words: apologize, apologise, excuse, rationalize, rationalise, vindicate, warrant, absolve, free

 

Hyponyms: color, colour, gloss, plead, extenuate, palliate, mitigate, excuse, explain, legitimate, relieve, let off, exempt, wash one's hands

 

Derivational Morphology: rationalization, rationalisation, justification, apologist, vindicator, justifier, excuse, alibi, exculpation, self-justification, apology, apologia, defense, defence, vindication

 

 
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