verb ADV. really, truly Can you really justify the destruction of such a fine old building? | hardly The meagre result hardly justified the risks they took to get it. VERB + JUSTIFY can/could | attempt to, seek to, try to | need to | be difficult to, be hard to He found it very difficult to justify his decision. PREP. on the grounds of/that The decision is justified on the grounds that there is no realistic alternative. | to How will you justify this pay cut to your employees?
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