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JUST'IFY, v.t. [L. justus, just,and facio, to make.]

1. To prove or show to be just, or conformable to law, right, justice, propriety or duty; to defend or maintain; to vindicate as right. We cannot justify disobedience or ingratitude to our Maker. We cannot justify insult or incivility to our fellow men. Intemperance, lewdness, profaneness and dueling are in no case to be justified.

2. In theology, to pardon and clear form guilt; to absolve or acquit from guilt and merited punishment, and to accept as righteous on account of the merits of the Savior, or by the application of Christ's atonement to the offender.

3. To cause another to appear comparatively righteous, or less guilty than one's self. Ezek. 16.

4. To judge rightly of.

Wisdom is justified by her children. Matt.11.

5. To accept as just and treat with favor. James 2.

JUST'IFY, v.i. In printing, to agree; to suit; to conform exactly; to form an even surface or true line with something else. Types of different sizes will not justify with each other.




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JUST'IFY, v.t. [L. justus, just,and facio, to make.]

1. To prove or show to be just, or conformable to law, right, justice, propriety or duty; to defend or maintain; to vindicate as right. We cannot justify disobedience or ingratitude to our Maker. We cannot justify insult or incivility to our fellow men. Intemperance, lewdness, profaneness and dueling are in no case to be justified.

2. In theology, to pardon and clear form guilt; to absolve or acquit from guilt and merited punishment, and to accept as righteous on account of the merits of the Savior, or by the application of Christ's atonement to the offender.

3. To cause another to appear comparatively righteous, or less guilty than one's self. Ezek. 16.

4. To judge rightly of.

Wisdom is justified by her children. Matt.11.

5. To accept as just and treat with favor. James 2.

JUST'IFY, v.i. In printing, to agree; to suit; to conform exactly; to form an even surface or true line with something else. Types of different sizes will not justify with each other.


JUST'I-FY, v.i.

In printing, to agree; to suit; to conform exactly; to form an even surface or true line with something else. Types of different sizes will not justify with each other.


JUST'I-FY, v.t. [Fr. justifier; Sp. justificar; It. giustificare; L. justus, just, and facio, to make.]

  1. To prove or show to be just, or conformable to law, right, justice, propriety or duty; to defend or maintain; to vindicate as right. We can not justify disobedience or ingratitude to our Maker. We can not justify insult or incivility to our fellow men. Intemperance, lewdness, profaneness and dueling are in no case to be justified.
  2. In theology, to pardon and clear from guilt; to absolve or acquit from guilt and merited punishment, and to accept as righteous on account of the merits of the Savior, or by the application of Christ's atonement to the offender. – St. Paul.
  3. To cause another to appear comparatively righteous, or less guilty than one's self. – Ezek. xvi.
  4. To judge rightly of. Wisdom is justified by her children. – Matth. xi.
  5. To accept as just and treat with favor. – James ii.

Jus"ti*fy
  1. To prove or show to be just; to vindicate; to maintain or defend as conformable to law, right, justice, propriety, or duty.

    That to the height of this great argument
    I may assert eternal providence,
    And justify the ways of God to men.
    Milton.

    Unless the oppression is so extreme as to justify revolution, it would not justify the evil of breaking up a government. E. Everett.

  2. To form an even surface or true line with something else; to fit exactly.
  3. To show (a person) to have had a sufficient legal reason for an act that has been made the subject of a charge or accusation.

    (b)
  4. 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.

    I can not justify whom the law condemns. Shak.

  5. To take oath to the ownership of property sufficient to qualify one's self as bail or surety.
  6. To treat as if righteous and just; to pardon; to exculpate; to absolve.

    By him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Acts xiii. 39.

  7. To prove; to ratify; to confirm.

    [Obs.] Shak.
  8. To make even or true, as lines of type, by proper spacing; to adjust, as type. See Justification, 4.

    Syn. -- To defend; maintain; vindicate; excuse; exculpate; absolve; exonerate.

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Justify

JUST'IFY, verb transitive [Latin justus, just, and facio, to make.]

1. To prove or show to be just, or conformable to law, right, justice, propriety or duty; to defend or maintain; to vindicate as right. We cannot justify disobedience or ingratitude to our Maker. We cannot justify insult or incivility to our fellow men. Intemperance, lewdness, profaneness and dueling are in no case to be justified.

2. In theology, to pardon and clear form guilt; to absolve or acquit from guilt and merited punishment, and to accept as righteous on account of the merits of the Savior, or by the application of Christ's atonement to the offender.

3. To cause another to appear comparatively righteous, or less guilty than one's self. Ezekiel 16:1.

4. To judge rightly of.

Wisdom is justified by her children. Matthew 11:1.

5. To accept as just and treat with favor. James 2:1.

JUST'IFY, verb intransitive In printing, to agree; to suit; to conform exactly; to form an even surface or true line with something else. Types of different sizes will not justify with each other.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

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2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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