jus·​ti·​fi·​able | \ˈjə-stə-ˌfī-ə-bəl \

Definition of justifiable 

: capable of being justified : excusable justifiable family prideCurrent Biography

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justifiability \ˌjə-​stə-​ˌfī-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
justifiably \ˈjə-​stə-​ˌfī-​ə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of justifiable in a Sentence

had justifiable reasons for leaving early

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Only 3 percent of deaths are ruled justifiable when the shooter is black and the victim is white. Jane Coaston, Vox, "She says her estranged husband was charging at her. Now she’s in jail.," 25 Aug. 2018 Rather, defendants have used concepts of gay and trans panic ... in order to reduce a murder charge to manslaughter or to justifiable homicide. Serena Sonoma, Teen Vogue, "Legislation Would Ban Gay and Trans Panic Defense," 17 July 2018 No criminal charges were brought, but the IRS determined the meals were not a justifiable business expense and ordered the college to pay back taxes. Stacy St. Clair, chicagotribune.com, "College of DuPage sues former president for $25 million," 2 July 2018 In Raleigh, which is one of the finalists for Amazon's second headquarters, there's already some justifiable fretting about how the company might perceive the sabotage of the Durham-Orange project. The Observer Editorial Board, charlotteobserver, "A sentence in the proposed state budget could make all future light rail in Charlotte 'impossible'," 30 May 2018 These inconsistencies are justifiable reasons for his exclusion from the England set-up, according to Ferdinand. SI.com, "Rio Ferdinand Sends Strong Message to Arsenal Star Jack Wilshere Following World Cup Snub," 10 June 2018 Only 3 percent of deaths are ruled justifiable when the shooter is black and the victim is white. Jane Coaston, Vox, "A pregnant black woman is in prison for defending herself. Mainstream gun groups are silent.," 4 May 2018 Demonstrators in 2015 seemed to channel justifiable outrage. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Protesting is noble, but shutting down the Dan Ryan is pointless," 5 July 2018 Forcing her to continue an unwanted pregnancy just in the hopes of finding a sponsor that has not been found in the past six weeks sacrifices J.D.’s constitutional liberty, autonomy, and personal dignity for no justifiable governmental reason. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Will Kill Roe," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of justifiable

1561, in the meaning defined above

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jus·​ti·​fi·​able | \ˌjəs-tə-ˈfī-ə-bəl \

Legal Definition of justifiable 

: capable of being justified justifiable reliance

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