verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: Middle English justifien, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French justifier, from Late Latin justificare, from Latin justus Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable b. (1) to show to have had a sufficient legal reason (2) to qualify (oneself) as a surety by taking oath to the ownership of sufficient property 2. a. archaic to administer justice to b. archaic absolve c. to judge, regard, or treat as righteous and worthy of salvation 3. a. to space (as lines of text) so that the lines come out even at the margin b. to make even by justifying <
justified margins
intransitive verb 1. a. to show a sufficient lawful reason for an act done b. to qualify as bail or surety 2. to justify lines of text Synonyms: see maintainjustifier noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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