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 for justify
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Justify \Jus"ti*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Justified; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Justifying.] [F. justifier, L. justificare; justus
     just + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Just, a., and
     [1913 Webster]
     1. To prove or show to be just; to vindicate; to maintain or
        defend as conformable to law, right, justice, propriety,
        or duty.
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              That to the height of this great argument
              I may assert eternal providence,
              And justify the ways of God to men.   --Milton.
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              Unless the oppression is so extreme as to justify
              revolution, it would not justify the evil of
              breaking up a government.             --E. Everett.
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     2. 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.
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              I can not justify whom the law condemns. --Shak.
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     3. (Theol.) To treat as if righteous and just; to pardon; to
        exculpate; to absolve.
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              By him all that believe are justified from all
              things, from which ye could not be justified by the
              law of Moses.                         --Acts xiii.
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     4. To prove; to ratify; to confirm. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     5. (Print.) To make even or true, as lines of type, by proper
        spacing; to align (text) at the left (left justify) or
        right (right justify) margins of a column or page, or at
        both margins; to adjust, as type. See Justification, 4.
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     6. (Law)
        (a) 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) To qualify (one's self) as a surety by taking oath to
            the ownership of sufficient property.
            [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
                  The production of bail in court, who there
                  justify themselves against the exception of the
                  plaintiff.                        --Bouvier's
                                                    Law Dict.
            [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     Syn: To defend; maintain; vindicate; excuse; exculpate;
          absolve; exonerate.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Justify \Jus"ti*fy\, v. i.
     1. (Print.) To form an even surface or true line with
        something else; to fit exactly.
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     2. (Law) To take oath to the ownership of property sufficient
        to qualify one's self as bail or surety.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for; "The
           emergency does not warrant all of us buying guns"; "The end
           justifies the means" [syn: justify, warrant]
      2: show to be right by providing justification or proof;
         "vindicate a claim" [syn: justify, vindicate]
      3: defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by
         reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy
         behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success" [syn:
         apologize, apologise, excuse, justify, rationalize,
      4: let off the hook; "I absolve you from this responsibility"
         [syn: absolve, justify, free] [ant: blame, fault]
      5: adjust the spaces between words; "justify the margins"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  82 Moby Thesaurus words for "justify":
     absolve, account, account for, acquit, allow, amnesty, approve,
     argue, assert, authenticate, authorize, back, bear out, claim,
     clear, compose, confirm, contend, corroborate, cry sour grapes,
     decontaminate, defend, demonstrate, destigmatize, discharge,
     dismiss, dispense from, do justice to, exculpate, excuse, exempt,
     exempt from, exonerate, explain, explain away, extenuate, forgive,
     free, give absolution, gloss, grant amnesty to, grant immunity,
     grant remission, impose, legalize, legitimate, legitimatize,
     legitimize, let go, let off, make up, nonpros, overrun, palliate,
     pardon, permit, pi, pi a form, prove, purge, quash the charge,
     rationalize, rehabilitate, reinstate, release, remit, restore,
     sanction, set, set free, set in print, shrive, substantiate,
     support, sustain, uphold, validate, verify, vindicate, warrant,
     whitewash, withdraw the charge

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