jus·​ti·​fi·​able | \ ˈjə-stə-ˌfī-ə-bəl How to pronounce justifiable (audio) \

Definition of justifiable

: capable of being justified : excusable justifiable family prideCurrent Biography

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justifiability \ ˌjə-​stə-​ˌfī-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce justifiability (audio) \ noun
justifiably \ ˈjə-​stə-​ˌfī-​ə-​blē How to pronounce justifiably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of justifiable in a Sentence

had justifiable reasons for leaving early

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Of those, 10 have been ruled justifiable and therefore are not considered criminal homicides by Birmingham police. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "18-year-old identified as victim of deadly double shooting in Ensley," 13 Sep. 2019 While the case for hurt feelings by fans is justifiable, the ensuing dialogue in the media shows that the case for empathy is also valid. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Quarterbacks to co-workers: The prevailing power of empathy," 8 Sep. 2019 Bradford was shot to death Thanksgiving night by a Hoover police officer, a killing that was ruled justifiable after a lengthy investigation by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the Attorney General’s Office. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "How safe is the Riverchase Galleria? Crime numbers for Alabama’s largest indoor mall," 15 July 2019 That created very real pain and justifiable outrage at the system. Karl W. Smith, Twin Cities, "Karl W. Smith: The good news about income inequality," 15 Sep. 2019 Pregame analysis: With all the justifiable praise that was showered on the rookie running back this spring and summer, Bears fans expected Montgomery to get more than seven touches in his NFL debut. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "3 keys for the Bears against the Broncos in Week 2: Can they find a healthy balance?," 14 Sep. 2019 Following the assessment of the information, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office ruled the shooting as justifiable and said no charges will be filed. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Deadly shooting at Badboyz club in Birmingham justified; police say girlfriend won’t be charged," 3 Sep. 2019 In contrast to the Moon, the Red Planet is indeed of significant justifiable interest to astrobiology. Robert Zubrin, National Review, "‘Tardigrades on the Moon Is Not Good’," 31 Aug. 2019 Police are trying to determine whether this is a case of justifiable self-defense. CBS News, "Police trying to determine if Ohio homeowner was justified in killing two teens," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of justifiable

1561, in the meaning defined above

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jus·​ti·​fi·​able | \ ˌjəs-tə-ˈfī-ə-bəl How to pronounce justifiable (audio) \

Legal Definition of justifiable

: capable of being justified justifiable reliance

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