justify

a.

  1. To prove or show to be just; to vindicate; to maintain or defend as conformable to law, right, justice, propriety, or duty.
  2. To pronounce free from guilt or blame; to declare or prove to have done that which is just, right, proper, etc.; to absolve; to exonerate; to clear.
  3. To treat as if righteous and just; to pardon; to exculpate; to absolve.
  4. To prove; to ratify; to confirm.
  5. To make even or true, as lines of type, by proper spacing; to adjust, as type. See Justification, 4.

v. i.

  1. To form an even surface or true line with something else; to fit exactly.
  2. To take oath to the ownership of property sufficient to qualify one's self as bail or surety.