jus·​ti·​cia·​ble | \ ˌjə-ˈsti-sh(ē-)ə-bəl How to pronounce justiciable (audio) \

Definition of justiciable

1 : liable to trial in a court of justice a justiciable offense
2 : capable of being decided by legal principles or by a court of justice

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justiciability \ ˌjə-​ˌsti-​sh(ē-​)ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce justiciability (audio) \ noun

Examples of justiciable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lord Brodie considered that whereas when the petition was raised the question was unlikely to have been justiciable, the particular prorogation that had occurred, as a tactic to frustrate Parliament, could legitimately be established as unlawful. CNN, "Read the Scottish judges' summary of their ruling that the suspension of UK Parliament is 'unlawful'," 11 Sep. 2019 The English judgment was that suspension was a political not a justiciable issue, and the Supreme Court may well agree. The Economist, "Europe ponders how to avoid blame for no-deal," 12 Sep. 2019 Gupta replies that the fact that Congress could make exceptions to the emoluments ban doesn’t mean it’s not also justiciable. Dahlia Lithwick, Slate Magazine, "Would $1 Million in Hot Dogs Violate the Emoluments Clause?," 18 Oct. 2017 Indeed, a number of justices have concluded that the time had come to give up and admit that such claims cannot be evaluated without making political, as opposed to legal, judgments and should be regarded as non-justiciable. Rick Esenberg, National Review, "Define ‘Gerrymander’ Precisely: The Supreme Court Tackles the Impossible," 22 Aug. 2017 That means the justices will have to determine if partisan gerrymandering is even justiciable. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "The Supreme Court Takes on Partisan Gerrymandering," 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of justiciable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Justiciable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/justiciable. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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jus·​ti·​cia·​ble | \ jə-ˈsti-shə-bəl, -shē-ə- How to pronounce justiciable (audio) \

Legal Definition of justiciable

: capable of being decided according to legal principles by a court whether the tax laws unfairly burden the poor is not a justiciable issue especially : triable in a court the claim is not justiciable because the plaintiff has no present right to the property but may in the future — see also political question at question sense 2 — compare moot

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justiciability \ jə-​ˌsti-​shə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē, -​shē-​ə-​ How to pronounce justiciability (audio) \ noun

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