justify

verb
ADVERB
really, truly

Can you really justify the destruction of such a fine old building?

easily

The university could not easily justify spending the money on this.

hardly

The result hardly justified the risks they took to get it.

VERB + JUSTIFY
can
serve to

The events that followed served to justify our earlier decision.

appear to, seem to

In 1865 a letter arrived that appeared to justify her faith.

help to

The extra effort involved would go a long way in helping to justify their high price tags.

be easy to

the many issues that make it easy to justify the purchase

attempt to, seek to, try to
be necessary to, have to, need to
be difficult to, be hard to, be tough to, struggle to

He found it very difficult to justify his decision.

be impossible to
PREPOSITION
on the grounds of sth, on the grounds that … 

The decision is justified on the grounds that there is no realistic alternative.

to

How will you justify this pay cut to your employees?

Justify is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑argument
Justify is used with these nouns as the object: ↑act, ↑assertion, ↑belief, ↑choice, ↑conclusion, ↑decision, ↑exercise, ↑existence, ↑expenditure, ↑expense, ↑failure, ↑finding, ↑imposition, ↑inclusion, ↑intervention, ↑invasion, ↑killing, ↑murder, ↑risk, ↑slavery, ↑suspicion, ↑termination, ↑use, ↑violence

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  • Justify — Jus ti*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Justified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Justifying}.] [F. justifier, L. justificare; justus just + ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Just}, a., and { fy}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To prove or show to be just; to vindicate; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • justify — jus·ti·fy / jəs tə ˌfī/ vb fied, fy·ing vt 1: to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable does not justify a denial of bail 2: to show to have had a legally sufficient reason or cause a defendant may not set up his own standard of conduct… …   Law dictionary

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  • justify — 1 vindicate, defend, *maintain, assert Analogous words: *prove, demonstrate: *support, uphold, back Contrasted words: *disprove, refute, confute 2 account, rationalize, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • justify — [jus′tə fī΄] vt. justified, justifying [ME justifien < OFr justifier < LL (chiefly Ec.) justificare, to act justly toward, justify < L justus,JUST1 + ficare < facere, to DO1] 1. to show to be just, right, or in accord with reason;… …   English World dictionary

  • Justify — Jus ti*fy, v. i. 1. (Print.) To form an even surface or true line with something else; to fit exactly. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) To take oath to the ownership of property sufficient to qualify one s self as bail or surety. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • justify — (v.) c.1300, to administer justice; late 14c., to show (something) to be just or right, from O.Fr. justifiier submit to court proceedings (12c.), from L. iustificare act justly toward, make just, from iustificus dealing justly, righteous, from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • justify — [v] legitimize, substantiate absolve, acquit, advocate, alibi*, answer for, apologize for, approve, argue for, assert, be answerable for, bear out, brief, claim, clear, condone, confirm, contend, cop a plea*, countenance, crawl, defend, do… …   New thesaurus

  • justify — ► VERB (justifies, justified) 1) prove to be right or reasonable. 2) be a good reason for. 3) Printing adjust (text) so that the lines of type fill a given width exactly, forming a straight right edge. DERIVATIVES justification noun justificatory …   English terms dictionary

  • justify */*/ — UK [ˈdʒʌstɪfaɪ] / US [ˈdʒʌstɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms justify : present tense I/you/we/they justify he/she/it justifies present participle justifying past tense justified past participle justified 1) a) to show that there is a good… …   English dictionary

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