justify (v.) 3
excuse, exonerate, clear
2H6 II.iii.16 [Gloucester to Duchess] I cannot justify whom the law condemns
MM V.i.159 [Friar Peter to Duke, of Angelo] To justify this worthy nobleman
Sonn 139.1 [] O call not me to justify the wrong / That thy unkindness lays upon my heart
WT I.i.9 [Archidamus to Camillo] we will be justified in our loves [i.e. our love will make up for our other deficiencies]