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 Still, Brian said technology expands automaker's choices and raises the question if a $5 million auto show expense is justifiable in the future. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit auto show canceled: Here's what we could have seen and done," 20 June 2020 Cristallo said the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation investigated the incident and found the use-of-force was justifiable. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Springfield Township police, Summit County deputies sued by father of man in mental distress who died after altercation with officers," 19 June 2020 In that case the shooting may have been a justifiable amount of force, Nunn says. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Rayshard Brooks video: Legal scholars break down key moments in shooting timeline," 17 June 2020 This court would almost certainly review the constitutionality of a law requiring citizens to establish a justifiable need before exercising their free speech rights. Robert Barnes, BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court passes up challenges from gun groups on laws they say violate Second Amendment," 15 June 2020 An inquest ruled his death—and every other death at the hands of the National Guard or the police during the days of protest—a justifiable homicide. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The History of the “Riot” Report," 15 June 2020 But taking this step forward is—and there is simply no justifiable reason not to. Senator Tammy Duckworth, Time, "Senator Tammy Duckworth: Our Black Servicemembers Deserve Better Than Military Bases Named After Confederate Officers," 12 June 2020 There are no morally justifiable criteria that would give Kent County priority access to remdesivir over Detroit. Michael Redinger, STAT, "To allocate remdesivir fairly, give it to communities that bear a disproportionate burden of Covid-19," 9 June 2020 But homicides ruled justifiable do not capture every police killing, and the FBI's numbers are derided by many human rights groups and news organizations which have collected far higher figures. Rob Picheta, CNN, "American police shoot, kill and imprison more people than other developed countries. Here's the data," 8 June 2020

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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 5 Jul. 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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