Pronunciation: ( jus'tu-fī"), [key]
v., -fied, -fy•ing.

1. to show (an act, claim, statement, etc.) to be just or right: The end does not always justify the means.
2. to defend or uphold as warranted or well-grounded: Don't try to justify his rudeness.
3. declare innocent or guiltless; absolve; acquit.
4. Print.
a. to make (a line of type) a desired length by spacing the words and letters, esp. so that full lines in a column have even margins both on the left and on the right.
b. to level and square (a strike).

1. Law.
a. to show a satisfactory reason or excuse for something done.
b. to qualify as bail or surety.
2. Print.(of a line of type) to fit exactly into a desired length.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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