Definition of justify :
1. To form an even surface or true line with something else; to fit exactly.
2. To make even or true, as lines of type, by proper spacing; to adjust, as type. See Justification, 4.
3. To pronounce free from guilt or blame; to declare or prove to have done that which is just, right, proper, etc.; to absolve; to exonerate; to clear.
4. To prove or show to be just; to vindicate; to maintain or defend as conformable to law, right, justice, propriety, or duty.
5. To prove; to ratify; to confirm.
6. To qualify ( one's self) as a surely by taking oath to the ownership of sufficient property.
7. To show ( a person) to have had a sufficient legal reason for an act that has been made the subject of a change or accusation.
8. To take oath to the ownership of property sufficient to qualify one's self as bail or surety.
9. To treat as if righteous and just; to pardon; to exculpate; to absolve.
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- And I know him well enough to be sure that he has tried to see you again, to justify himself? - "The Guests Of Hercules", C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson.
- " At this very moment; I leave you forever, and may time justify you! - "Child of a Century, v3", Alfred de Musset.
- " I shall do so," replied the emperor, " and it is my conviction that he will be able to justify himself completely." - "Andreas Hofer", Lousia Muhlbach.