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Dictionary definition for: Justify

1. (v) show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for; "The emergency does not warrant all of us buying guns" "The end justifies the means"

2. (v) show to be right by providing justification or proof; "vindicate a claim"

3. (v) defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child''s seemingly crazy behavior" "he rationalized his lack of success"

4. (v) let off the hook; "I absolve you from this responsibility"

5. (v) adjust the spaces between words; "justify the margins"

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