jus·ti·fy /'jəs-tə-ˌfī/ vb -fied, -fy·ingvt1: to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonabledoes not justify a denial of bail2: to show to have had a legally sufficient reason or causea defendant may not set up his own standard of conduct to justify or excuse himself — State v. Doss, 568 P.2d 1054 (1977)vi1: to show a legally sufficient reason for an act2: to swear an oath as to the ownership of sufficient propertythey shall justify in an amount no less than $200 — Oregon Revised Statutes; also: to qualify as a surety by swearing such an oaththe defendants sought to justify as bail — State v. Blaisdell, 253 A.2d 341 (1969)
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
absolve, account for, allege in support, allege in vindication, answer for, argue for, back, be answerable for, be apologist for, bear out, bolster, champion, condone, contend for, countenance, declare guiltless, defend, defend as conformable to law, defend as conformable to right, endorse, espouse, espouse the cause of, exculpate, excusare, excuse, exonerate, explain, forgive, give as an excuse, legitimate, maintain, maintain as conformable to duty, maintain as conformable to justice, make defense for, make excuses for, make explanation of, make legitimate, mitigate, offer in defense, palliate, plead for, plead one's cause, pragmatize, prove the truth of prove warranted, purgare, second, show to be just, speak in favor of, stand up for, strengthen, support, sustain, uphold, urge reasons for, vindicate, warrant
bear (support), corroborate, defend, document, exculpate, excuse, extenuate, maintain (sustain), palliate (excuse), rationalize, reason (persuade), sustain (confirm), uphold, vindicate
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006