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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR JUSTIFYING

He seems to feel the difficulty of 'justifying the ways of God to man.'

But Donovan would not have insisted on justifying his faith by putting it to the test.

Wayne had succeeded in justifying everything Stannard had said of him.

I thank you, sire; you have taken the only method of justifying me.

He justifying himself said: "Yes, but those who remain behind are not crowned."

On the other hand, he did not wish to involve her in justifying his action to the world.

The pointer on this dial signifies to him which of the "justifying keys" he must depress.

I am not justifying my conduct,” he said, “still less boasting.

She slept again, and a devil appeared and talked to her, justifying Pilate.

And, indeed, the chief inspector lost no time in justifying that belief.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to administer justice;" late 14c., "to show (something) to be just or right," from Old French justifiier "submit to court proceedings" (12c.), from Latin iustificare "act justly toward, make just," from iustificus "dealing justly, righteous," from iustus "just" (see just (adj.)) + root of facere "to do" (see factitious). Of circumstances, "to afford justification," from 1630s. Meaning "to make exact" (now largely restricted to typesetting) is from 1550s. Related: Justified; justifying.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR JUSTIFYING

extenuating

adjectiveserving as an excuse
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