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
Recent Examples on the Web Trips to those outside the city, like Caral, are easily justifiable, too. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Some of Peru's Oldest Ruins Are Right in the Middle of Lima," 27 Jan. 2020 Federal law enforcement data compiled by the magazine showed that when arguing their actions were justifiable, women lost homicide cases 25 percent more often than men. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Alabama woman says she killed her rapist in self-defense. She could spend life in prison.," 21 Jan. 2020 With the borders sacred, and the exact mixture of people within them sacred, considerable subterfuge and violence were now justifiable in defending the frozen state of this order. Thomas Meaney, Harper's magazine, "Trumpism After Trump," 20 Jan. 2020 But Smith says their creation is ethically justifiable and would offer hope to parents at risk of transmitting serious genetic disease to their offspring, according to a statement. Jack Guy, CNN, "'Designer babies' could be just two years away, expert claims," 19 Nov. 2019 The killings reportedly include 10 considered by police to be justifiable. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Toddler fatally shot while sleeping at home amid surge of homicides in Dallas," 7 Jan. 2020 Two months after Bradford’s death, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall released a report on the shooting and said the shooting was justifiable. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "EJ Bradford’s family filing wrongful death lawsuit against Hoover, police officer who shot him," 22 Nov. 2019 Whether playfully or poignantly rendered, Siskind’s characters share a pervasive and justifiable paranoia. Los Angeles Times, "New in L.A. theater: The struggles of women, as seen through the Armenian genocide," 27 Sep. 2019 The decision to do so was understandable and certainly justifiable. BostonGlobe.com, "To confront new challenges, the Red Sox sought new leadership," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of justifiable

1561, in the meaning defined above

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13 Feb 2020

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“Justifiable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/justifiable. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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