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jus·ti·fy

justify

 
 
pronunciation:
juh stih faI
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part of speech: verb
inflections: justifies, justifying, justified
definition 1: to show to be true or right; prove.
The photograph justified his claim that he had met the president.
synonyms:
demonstrate, prove
similar words:
confirm, defend, explain, support, uphold, verify
definition 2: to show good reasons or cause for.
I justified eating the last piece of pie by saying that it would be thrown away otherwise.
synonyms:
defend, demonstrate, warrant
similar words:
account, assert, authorize, explain, support, uphold
derivation: justified (adj.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word justify contains the following parts:
jud, jur, just Latin root that means justice, law; swear
-fy, -ify, -efy Latin verb-forming suffix that means make, cause to be, become
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The suffix group -fy , -ify , -efy forms verbs from primarily Latin bases. When -ify attaches to an English base, the base is an adjective (uglify, Frenchify) or noun (citify, zombify) usually having one syllable or two syllables ending in |i|. Verbs ending in -fy have corresponding noun forms ending in -ion: as a rule, -ify becomes -ification (verify , verification); -efy becomes -efaction (putrefy, putrefaction). See also fac, fic, fec, fact, fect.