One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘marketing directors were pressed to justify the expenditure’
give grounds for, give reasons for, give a justification for, show just cause for, explain, give an explanation for, account for, prove to be reasonable, show to be reasonable, provide a rationale for, rationalize
defend, answer for, vindicate, substantiate, uphold, sustain
establish, legitimize, legitimatize
2‘the situation was grave enough to justify further investigation’
warrant, be good reason for, be a justification for
bear out, confirm, validate
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