justified justified  /ˈdʒə stə ˌfaɪd/


  1. (adj) having words so spaced that lines have straight even margins
  2. (v) show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for
  3. (v) show to be right by providing justification or proof
  4. (v) defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
  5. (v) let off the hook
  6. (v) adjust the spaces between words


  1. Yet pre-emptive strikes can often be justified even if they don't meet the letter of the law.
  2. Nor is it clear that Huetter's claim to have cured his patient is yet justified.
  3. So she's putting the microbes together in a controlled way, under strict safety conditions, to see whether all the hand wringing is justified.


  1. ‘Operation Justified’ results in arrests

    Local, state and federal law enforcement announced the completion of a sex offender compliance check, dubbed “Operation Justified” after the hit television show, during a press conference Friday a...
    on June 22, 2013     Source: The Middlesboro Daily

  2. Police justified in fatal shooting of Mongtomery Co. man, prosecutor rules

    Police officers were justified in their fatal shooting of a Christiansburg man in April, based on ruling by Salem Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Bowers. According to the ruling, made public today, Robert Kevin Hughes, 41, fired the first shot when police tried to serve him with a felony drug arrest warrant at his mobile home on [...]
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Roanoke Times

  3. Officers justified in shooting death of man on Rockefeller Lane

    The three officers who shot and killed a man on the east side last month were justified in their actions, a police internal affairs review said. The Professional Standards and Internal Affairs division of the Madison Police Department said in a review summary Thursday morning that officers Ryan Orvis, Ryan Finnegan and Scott Templeton, who fired their guns in a standoff with a man on Rockefeller ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: WISC-TV Madison


  1. "No one is allowed to take the law into his own hands," said Zuma. "It against this background that the murder of Terre'Blanche must be condemned, irrespective of how his killers think they may have been justified. They had no right to take...
    on Apr 3, 2010 By: Jacob Zuma Source: AFP

  2. "We must not allow our justified loathing of the horrors and tragedies of the past to become a barrier to creating a better and more stable future for our children," Paisley said.
    on Mar 26, 2007 By: Ian Paisley Source: USA Today

  3. "They were legal, essential, justified, successful and the right thing to do," Cheney said of the policies.
    on May 21, 2009 By: Vice President Dick Cheney Source: Washington Post

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