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

Other Words from justifiable

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

Examples of justifiable in a Sentence

had justifiable reasons for leaving early
Recent Examples on the Web Although few homicides are ruled justifiable, the race of the parties can play a role in such outcomes. Jessica Ander, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 Of those, 15 were deemed justifiable and one accidental. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 6 Dec. 2021 Look at your recent purchase order (PO) history to see when these SKUs were last purchased and if those POs were justifiable. Rick Morris, Forbes, 25 July 2022 Although public health restrictions on travel and commerce might be justifiable as a temporary emergency measure in extraordinary circumstances, the longer those powers remain in effect, the greater the potential for government misuse. Paul Hsieh, Forbes, 30 June 2022 Of those, five have been ruled justifiable and therefore aren’t deemed criminal. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 23 June 2022 As such, moving Peralta could be justifiable in both buy and sell scenarios. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 14 June 2022 Warnock issued that denunciation of Israel after Hamas led a mass incursion of the Israeli border, and the Israeli military responded with the justifiable use of lethal force. The Editors, National Review, 17 Nov. 2020 Of those, five have been ruled justifiable and therefore aren’t deemed criminal. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 11 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of justifiable

1561, in the meaning defined above

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“Justifiable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/justifiable. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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