Definition - justifying

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justifying
  1. show to be right by providing justification or proof; "vindicate a claim"
  2. show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for; "The emergency does not warrant all of us buying guns"; "The end justifies the means"
  3. let off the hook; "I absolve you from this responsibility"
  4. adjust the spaces between words; "justify the margins"
  5. defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"