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In typesetting and printing, the process or result of spacing text so that the lines come out even at the margins. The lines of text on this page are left justified--that is, the text is lined up evenly on the left side of the page but not on the right (which is called ragged right).

Examples and Observations:

  • "Research papers follow a standard presentation format. . . . Do not right-justify (align) your paper. The right margins should be ragged. Your computer will automatically justify your left margin."
    (Laurie Rozakis, Schaum's Quick Guide to Writing Great Research Papers. McGraw-Hill, 2007)

  • "Left-justified margins are generally easier to read than full-justified margins that can produce irregular spaces between words and unwanted blocks of text. However, because left-justified (ragged-right) margins look informal, full-justified text is more appropriate for publications aimed at a broad readership that expects a more formal, polished appearance. Further, full justification is often useful with multiple-column formats because the spaces between the columns (called alleys) need the definition that full justification provides."
    (Gerald J. Alred, Charles T. Brusaw, and Walter E. Oliu, The Business Writer's Handbook, 7th ed. Macmillan, 2003)

  • "Do not set full justification on an ASCII resume. Instead left justify all lines so the right margin is ragged."
    (Pat Criscito, How to Write Better Résumés and Cover Letters. Barron's Educational Series, 2008)
Pronunciation: jus-te-feh-KAY-shen
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