justified Definition

  • 1having, done for, or marked by a good or legitimate reason
  • 2declared or made righteous in the sight of God

Using justified: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "justified" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The police officer's use of force was justified given the circumstances.

  • Example

    She felt justified in asking for a raise after all her hard work.

  • Example

    The company's decision to lay off workers was justified by the decline in profits.

justified Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with justified

  • self-justified

    having or showing a conviction that one is morally right and others are wrong


    He was so self-justified in his actions that he refused to listen to any criticism.

  • a type of text formatting where the words in a paragraph are spaced out so that both the left and right margins are straight


    The document looks more professional with justified text.

  • justified true belief

    a philosophical concept that knowledge is a belief that is both true and justified


    The theory of justified true belief has been debated by philosophers for centuries.

Origins of justified

from Old French 'justifier', from Latin 'justificare', from 'justus' (just) + 'facere' (to make)


Summary: justified in Brief

The term 'justified' [ˈdʒʌstɪfaɪd] refers to something that has a good or legitimate reason, such as a police officer's use of force. It can also refer to being declared or made righteous in the sight of God. 'Justified' extends into phrases like 'self-justified' and 'justified text,' and the philosophical concept of 'justified true belief.'

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