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Because cheating is easier when we can justify our behavior, people often cheat in small amounts: We can come up with an excuse for stealing Post-It notes, but it is much more difficult to come up with an excuse for taking $10,000 from petty cash.
Dan Ariely

Meaning of "justify" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD JUSTIFY

From Old French justifier, from Latin justificāre, from jūstusjust + facere to make.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF JUSTIFY

justify  [ˈdʒʌstɪˌfaɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF JUSTIFY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Justify is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb justify in English.

WHAT DOES JUSTIFY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Justify

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Definition of justify in the English dictionary

The first definition of justify in the dictionary is to prove or see to be just or valid; vindicate. Other definition of justify is to show to be reasonable; warrant or substantiate. Justify is also to declare or show to be free from blame or guilt; absolve.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO JUSTIFY

PRESENT

Present
I justify
you justify
he/she/it justifies
we justify
you justify
they justify
Present continuous
I am justifying
you are justifying
he/she/it is justifying
we are justifying
you are justifying
they are justifying
Present perfect
I have justified
you have justified
he/she/it has justified
we have justified
you have justified
they have justified
Present perfect continuous
I have been justifying
you have been justifying
he/she/it has been justifying
we have been justifying
you have been justifying
they have been justifying
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I justified
you justified
he/she/it justified
we justified
you justified
they justified
Past continuous
I was justifying
you were justifying
he/she/it was justifying
we were justifying
you were justifying
they were justifying
Past perfect
I had justified
you had justified
he/she/it had justified
we had justified
you had justified
they had justified
Past perfect continuous
I had been justifying
you had been justifying
he/she/it had been justifying
we had been justifying
you had been justifying
they had been justifying
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will justify
you will justify
he/she/it will justify
we will justify
you will justify
they will justify
Future continuous
I will be justifying
you will be justifying
he/she/it will be justifying
we will be justifying
you will be justifying
they will be justifying
Future perfect
I will have justified
you will have justified
he/she/it will have justified
we will have justified
you will have justified
they will have justified
Future perfect continuous
I will have been justifying
you will have been justifying
he/she/it will have been justifying
we will have been justifying
you will have been justifying
they will have been justifying
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would justify
you would justify
he/she/it would justify
we would justify
you would justify
they would justify
Conditional continuous
I would be justifying
you would be justifying
he/she/it would be justifying
we would be justifying
you would be justifying
they would be justifying
Conditional perfect
I would have justify
you would have justify
he/she/it would have justify
we would have justify
you would have justify
they would have justify
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been justifying
you would have been justifying
he/she/it would have been justifying
we would have been justifying
you would have been justifying
they would have been justifying
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you justify
we let´s justify
you justify
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to justify
Past participle
justified
Present Participle
justifying
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH JUSTIFY


beautify
ˈbjuːtɪˌfaɪ
certify
ˈsɜːtɪˌfaɪ
demystify
diːˈmɪstɪˌfaɪ
fortify
ˈfɔːtɪˌfaɪ
identifier
aɪˈdɛntɪˌfaɪ
identify
aɪˈdɛntɪˌfaɪ
karstify
ˈkɑːstɪˌfaɪ
mattify
ˈmætɪˌfaɪ
mortify
ˈmɔːtɪˌfaɪ
mystify
ˈmɪstɪˌfaɪ
notify
ˈnəʊtɪˌfaɪ
objectify
əbˈdʒɛktɪˌfaɪ
prettify
ˈprɪtɪˌfaɪ
quantify
ˈkwɒntɪˌfaɪ
ratify
ˈrætɪˌfaɪ
rectify
ˈrɛktɪˌfaɪ
rejustify
riːˈdʒʌstɪˌfaɪ
retestify
ˌriːˈtestɪˌfaɪ
stratify
ˈstrætɪˌfaɪ
testify
ˈtɛstɪˌfaɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE JUSTIFY

justiciability
justiciable
justicialism
justiciar
justiciaries
justiciarship
justiciary
justifiability
justifiable
justifiable homicide
justifiableness
justifiably
justification
justification by faith
justificative
justificatory
justified
justifier
justifies

WORDS THAT END LIKE JUSTIFY

acetify
beatify
brutify
compactify
decertify
flintify
fructify
frutify
interstratify
left-justify
misidentify
moistify
overidentify
prenotify
presanctify
recertify
right-justify
sanctify
stultify
unsanctify

Synonyms and antonyms of justify in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «JUSTIFY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «justify» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of justify

Translation of «justify» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF JUSTIFY

Find out the translation of justify to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of justify from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «justify» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

论证
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

justificar
570 millions of speakers

English

justify
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

औचित्य साबित
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يُبَرِّرُ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

обосновывать
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

justificar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ন্যায্যতা প্রতিপাদন করা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

justifier
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Justify
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

rechtfertigen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

正当化する
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

정당화하다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Mbenerake
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

giải thích
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நியாயப்படுத்துவதற்கு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

समायोजित करा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

haklı çıkarmak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

giustificare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

usprawiedliwić
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

виправдовувати
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a justifica
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

δικαιολογώ
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

regverdig
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

motivera
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

rettferdiggjøre
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of justify

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «JUSTIFY»

The term «justify» is very widely used and occupies the 14.408 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «JUSTIFY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «justify» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «justify» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about justify

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10 QUOTES WITH «JUSTIFY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word justify.
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Chinua Achebe
The last four or five hundred years of European contact with Africa produced a body of literature that presented Africa in a very bad light and Africans in very lurid terms. The reason for this had to do with the need to justify the slave trade and slavery.
2
Isabelle Adjani
To leave in search of yourself, of your real needs, is easier when you don't have to justify yourself to anyone, when there are not too many people bestowing you their attention.
3
Archibald Alexander
It will never do to plead sin as an excuse for sin, or to attempt to justify sinful acts by pleading that we have an evil heart. This instead of being a valid apology, is the very ground of our condemnation.
4
Dan Ariely
Because cheating is easier when we can justify our behavior, people often cheat in small amounts: We can come up with an excuse for stealing Post-It notes, but it is much more difficult to come up with an excuse for taking $10,000 from petty cash.
5
Greg Behrendt
Social media is a really cool way to tell your story to people who are interested in hearing it. It's not getting put through the filter of a television executive who's decided you're too old to justify the expenditure.
6
Harry A. Blackmun
Disapproval of homosexuality cannot justify invading the houses, hearts and minds of citizens who choose to live their lives differently.
7
Tony Blair
The purpose of terrorism lies not just in the violent act itself. It is in producing terror. It sets out to inflame, to divide, to produce consequences which they then use to justify further terror.
8
Leon Bourgeois
Movements such as the Pan-Germanic, Pan-Islamic, or Pan-Negro justify themselves on the basis of their common language, or their common religion, or their color. But since the undefined masses involved in these movements lack the essential and real unity of background or community of purpose, they become a grave danger to general peace.
9
A. J. Bowen
As an actor, the ambition is to play interesting characters. And in the indie genre world, the budgets are low. That allows me, as an actor, not to have a financial value behind my name, to justify me being in these bigger parts for these types of movies.
10
Louis D. Brandeis
Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «JUSTIFY»

Discover the use of justify in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to justify and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Justify My Thug
Will Angel's innocent cries of not knowing about Tasha and Kyron hold true or will Kaylin discover that she had a hand in it all? In the most explosive story yet, the Official Queen of Street Literature brings to you Justify My Thug.
Wahida Clark, 2011
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Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish ...
Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell?
Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson, 2008
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Real Freedom for All: What (if Anything) Can Justify Capitalism?
Real Freedom for All will be essential reading for anyone concerned about the just society and the welfare state as we move into the twenty first century.
Philippe van Parijs, 1997
4
111 Ways to Justify Your Commission: Value-Adding Strategies ...
Using tips, anecdotes, charts, and figures to outline a proven strategy, this guide provides practical, tangible, and easy-to-follow steps that add tremendous value to a real estate business.
Michael Lee, Michael Soon Lee, 2007
5
Genetic Ethics: Do the Ends Justify the Genes?
This timely volume, written by scholars and practitioners at the forefront of genetic research, will help readers assess from a Christian perspective the ethical questions rased by today's genetic advancements.
John Frederic Kilner, Rebecca Davis Pentz, Frank E. Young, 1997
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Does the Bible Justify Violence?
In this clarifying essay, renowned biblical scholar John Collins delves into the lethal side of the biblical text, asking whether the Bible endorses or even foments violence and how its many violent texts may best be understood in today's ...
John Joseph Collins
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Evaluating Students: How Teachers Justify and Defend Their ...
This teacher-friendly book also explores the many issues around the role of standardized tests.
Alex Shirran, 2006
8
What Would Machiavelli Do?: The Ends Justify the Meanness
Applying Machiavelli's coldly pragmatic world view to the modern business world, the author offers readers with few moral scruples a battle plan for climbing the company ladder, or preventing others from doing so. Reprint.
Stanley Bing, 2002
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Do Wage Distortions Justify Protection in the U.S. Auto and ...
No. Wage premiums in those industries may even exacerbate the welfare costs of protection.
Jaime De Melo, David G. Tarr, 1990
10
Export controls more thorough analysis needed to justify ...
Report. Does. Not. Adequately. Justify. Changes. in. Control. Threshold. The Department of Commerce stated that the December 2001 decision to raise the control threshold for high performance computer exports was based on thorough  ...
General Accounting Office Washington Dc

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «JUSTIFY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term justify is used in the context of the following news items.
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Press can't justify red carpet for Oren tract and blackout for …
This weekend Michael Oren's book Ally has made the New York Times bestseller list. It hasn't hurt Oren that the Times and Washington Post ... «Mondoweiss, Jul 15»
2
High lead content in 1 batch can't justify blanket ban: Nestle
MUMBAI: Nestle India, manufacturer of Maggi noodles, told the Bombay High Court today that a certain batch of its instant food product may ... «Economic Times, Jul 15»
3
What Happens When We Stop Trying to 'Justify' Eating One Animal …
We simply cannot justify consuming animals like Julia. Others switch from industrial meat to meat from animals who, we are assured, were ... «One Green Planet, Jul 15»
4
Three ways Planned Parenthood and friends justify the sale of baby …
After the release of the video of Planned Parenthood's senior medical director, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, discussing harvesting baby parts, ... «Live Action News, Jul 15»
5
Can't justify what happened in Gondia, says Chavan | Business …
"What has happened in Gondia is unpardonable. Nobody can justify that," a visibly upset Chavan told reporters outside Vidhan Bhawan. «Business Standard, Jul 15»
6
Graham Shaw expecting Ireland to justify their top-ranked status
Just a couple of weeks since Olympic hopes were crushed, new Irish coach Graham Shaw is already plotting a path toward the next major ... «Irish Times, Jul 15»
7
Only one untested market can justify Netflix stock price - CNBC.com
The Netflix series "Marco Polo" was considered, by most critical accounts, to be an ambitious flop. But it appears there was good reason for ... «CNBC, Jul 15»
8
PI to probe anonymous letter Portsmouth police used to justify probe …
PORTSMOUTH - The Police Commission on Wednesday voted to hire a private investigator to find the source of an anonymous letter that made ... «The Union Leader, Jul 15»
9
Does BYU need to win 'big games' to justify independence?
With games in the 'Big House', Rose Bowl, Memorial and Arrowhead Stadium this upcoming season, BYU football fans are starting to taste the ... «St. George Daily Spectrum, Jul 15»
10
Ayatollah invokes 'heroic flexibility' to justify Iran deal
It is unlikely Ayatollah Ali Khamenei imagined that nearly half a century later he would invoke the same term to justify the painful compromises ... «Financial Times, Jul 15»

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