jus·​ti·​fi·​able ˈjə-stə-ˌfī-ə-bəl How to pronounce justifiable (audio)
: capable of being justified : excusable
justifiable family prideCurrent Biography
justifiably adverb

Examples of justifiable in a Sentence

had justifiable reasons for leaving early
Recent Examples on the Web His reaction was justifiable — Perez had just won $295,300. Mike Stunson, Kansas City Star, 23 May 2024 But one of them, which is entirely justifiable, is that people have more options now. Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 The justifiable excitement about cannabis and psilocybin has led to state policies that have increased access for some people, yet federal criminalization and substantial barriers to scientific investigation remain. Kevin F. Boehnke, The Conversation, 10 May 2024 His finding closely tracked the legal criteria used to define a justifiable shooting, which holds that the shooting must be viewed from the officer’s perspective in the moment and that the actions must be reasonable under the circumstances. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2024 Given the justifiable shock at the cost of undergrounding BART through San Jose to Santa Clara more than doubling, there is an unfortunate lack of consideration of a more affordable and proven alternative. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 5 Apr. 2024 Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said on Thursday that there was no justifiable reason for Maduro to ban opposition candidates from running. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2024 But polls by public broadcasters in recent weeks show that nearly 70 percent of Germans surveyed felt Israel’s military actions were not justifiable; just a few weeks earlier, the number was around 50 percent. Erika Solomon, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2024 The March 15 killing of 39-year-old Charles Calloway has now been deemed by police and prosecutors a justifiable homicide, according to court records. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1561, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of justifiable was in 1561

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“Justifiable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/justifiable. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


jus·​ti·​fi·​able ˌjəs-tə-ˈfī-ə-bəl How to pronounce justifiable (audio)
: capable of being justified
justifiable reliance
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