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 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 Deni Supplee says some of the fees charged separately from the base rate are justifiable. USA Today, 4 June 2021 The New Orleans Police Department classified the death as a justifiable homicide. Michelle Hunter | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 23 Dec. 2020 Two years ago, Lavigne shot and killed a Green Beret during an altercation that was ruled a justifiable homicide, Lt. Sean Swain, a spokesman for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office told Fox News Saturday. Robert Gearty, Fox News, 6 Dec. 2020 That move was probably justifiable internally and may have been for the good of the franchise but wound up looking self-destructive when Parise became one of the best players in the series upon his return. Star Tribune, 29 May 2021 But for the most part the court agreed with the commission's conclusions that the setup was just not justifiable. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, 25 May 2021 While many argue that breaking end-to-end encryption to support law enforcement is justifiable, the problem is that any spare key or a backdoor is a security weakness. Zak Doffman, Forbes, 15 May 2021 This Superman believes even a wholly justifiable homicide spoils his moral code. Darren Franich, EW.com, 12 Apr. 2021 Of those, three have been ruled justifiable and therefore aren’t deemed criminal. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 4 May 2021

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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 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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