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JUSTIFY (justified)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does justify mean? 

JUSTIFY (verb)
  The verb JUSTIFY has 5 senses:

1. show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for
2. show to be right by providing justification or proof
3. defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
4. let off the hook
5. adjust the spaces between words

  Familiarity information: JUSTIFY used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


JUSTIFY (verb)


Sense 1justify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

justify; warrant

Context examples:

The emergency does not warrant all of us buying guns / The end justifies the means

Hypernyms (to "justify" is one way to...):

confirm; reassert (strengthen or make more firm)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2justify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Show to be right by providing justification or proof

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

vindicate; justify

Context example:

vindicate a claim

Hypernyms (to "justify" is one way to...):

maintain; uphold (support against an opponent)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "justify"):

excuse; explain (serve as a reason or cause or justification of)

legitimate (show or affirm to be just and legitimate)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3justify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

apologise; rationalize; apologize; rationalise; justify; excuse

Context examples:

rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior / he rationalized his lack of success

Hypernyms (to "justify" is one way to...):

defend; fend for; support (argue or speak in defense of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "justify"):

color; colour; gloss (gloss or excuse)

plead (offer as an excuse or plea)

extenuate; mitigate; palliate (lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4justify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Let off the hook

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

absolve; justify; free

Context example:

I absolve you from this responsibility

Hypernyms (to "justify" is one way to...):

forgive (stop blaming or grant forgiveness)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "justify"):

excuse; exempt; let off; relieve (grant exemption or release to)

wash one's hands (to absolve oneself of responsibility or future blame)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody of something


Sense 5justify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Adjust the spaces between words

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

justify the margins

Hypernyms (to "justify" is one way to...):

adjust; correct; set (alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard)

Domain category:

printing (the business of producing printed material for sale or distribution)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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