[ verb ] show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for
"The emergency does not warrant all of us buying guns" "The end justifies the means"
Used in print(The Christian Science Monitor,...)
There seems to be an unfortunate assumption that an hour of Chicago style jazz in prime evening time , for_example , could not be justified without the trimmings of a portentous documentary .(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)
The objectification of the world of spirit in popular superstition had certainly gone far beyond what the experience of spirit could justify or support .
[ verb ] show to be right by providing justification or proof
"vindicate a claim"
Used in print(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)
In arguing in this way , we are obviously taking for granted that a demythologized restatement of the kerygma can be achieved ; and that we firmly believe this will presently become evident when we set_forth reasons to justify such a conviction .(Tristram P. Coffin, "Folklore in the American Twentieth...)
2 ) As a country superimposes its cultural and political attitudes on others , it searches its heritage in hopes of justifying its aggressiveness .(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)
Another great danger is that the emerging middle_class will feel itself increasingly alienated from the political_leaders who still justify their dominance by reference to the struggle for independence or the early phase of nationalism .
[ verb ] defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
"rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior" "he rationalized his lack of success"
Used in print(Harry H. Hull, "The Normal Forces and Their Ther...)
This can be justified thermodynamically in this case , and this will be done in a separate paper which is being prepared .