Definition of justified in English:



  • 1Having, done for, or marked by a good or legitimate reason.

    ‘the doctors were justified in treating her’
    • ‘We kill animals every day of the year, sometimes for sport, sometimes for humane justified reasons.’
    • ‘Thompson points out that the first clause of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms says that all rights can be restricted if there is a justified reason to do so.’
    • ‘In spite of all these justified reasons, I cannot help but wonder: are we paying too much attention to winning?’
    • ‘But deep under those sentiments there are also justified reasons for the resentment.’
    • ‘It's one of the reasons why the album is a justified classic.’
    • ‘During the sweeps, police anti-truancy vans visit schools and officers visit every child absent from school without a justified reason on that day.’
    • ‘I think that most Politicians will argue that there are four morally justified reasons for punishment…’
    • ‘Although we are continually shown reasons for justified hatred toward Joseph, we never get a glimpse of his endearing side.’
    • ‘Such a grim outlook is not justified, for two reasons.’
    • ‘We are being forced to leave our forests not for well founded or justified reasons, but because of habit.’
    • ‘Should I not be so frightened, or am I completely justified in wanting out of a culture of video games?’
    • ‘Their goal is simply to cause terror without a justified reason.’
    • ‘Preemptive attacks are generally regarded as justified in self-defense.’
    • ‘However, there's more of a justified reason there.’
    • ‘There was a justified reason for his multiple rash actions.’
    • ‘There is no justified reason to desire conflict with these countries.’
    • ‘Riley lists all the calm, logical, perfectly justified reasons that she's angry.’
    • ‘If so, are we more justified in shifting from pro-war to anti-war if we are on the ground?’
    • ‘But is she really justified in pronouncing the mystery solved?’
    • ‘Since Johnson's legitimate and completely justified request Jordan has come out in the press and said that Johnson will be playing his football at Selhurst Park next season.’
    valid, sound, well founded, well grounded, justifiable, warranted, warrantable, defensible, defendable, legitimate, reasonable, logical
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  • 2Theology
    Declared or made righteous in the sight of God.

    • ‘Hampson sees in these differing understanding of the justified self the expression of two structures of thought and faith which are reverse images of each other.’
    • ‘He saw the theological elaborations of his country as a justified, elected, and righteous empire to be a form of blasphemy.’
    • ‘The agreement proclaimed ‘a consensus in basic truths’ on how sinners are justified, or deemed righteous, in God's sight.’
    • ‘We distinguish them because we jealously guard the glory of Christ, but we never divide them because the inevitable fruit of a justified life is a sanctified life.’
    • ‘The Resurrection removes the fear of judgment in the next life from the justified believer.’
  • 3Printing
    Having been adjusted so that the print fills a space evenly or forms a straight line at the margin.

    in combination ‘the output is left-justified’
    ‘a neatly justified list of names’
    ‘justified right margins’
    • ‘The print blocks, with their justified margins, look like squares and are placed in the upper part of their respective pages.’
    • ‘The myth is that ragged-right type implies ‘soft’ or feature material, while justified type represents serious hard news.’
    • ‘The name broke down nicely into four justified lines.’
    • ‘And here is a GIF image of a typeset version with justified lines, as the author wishes it to be seen.’
    • ‘Other student-poets cleaved to the justified left margin; still others wrote in paragraphs.’