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

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In a 1967 diary entry from Uganda, Vágner argued that taking animals from Africa to European zoos was humane and justifiable as a means to protect them. Rebecca Boyle, Discover Magazine, "The Quixotic Quest to Birth a Baby Northern White Rhino," 25 June 2019 Of those, at least seven have been ruled justifiable and therefore are not deemed criminal by the Birmingham Police Department. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Birmingham police chief: No need for National Guard to curb violence," 21 June 2019 Of those, at least seven have been ruled justifiable and therefore are not deemed criminal by the Birmingham Police Department. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Deadly shooting under investigation in north Birmingham neighborhood," 14 June 2019 This time around, Kinberg goes darker and scarier, emphasizing the tragic elements of Jean’s story by recasting her origin as a story of betrayal and deception and her possession as a condition fueled by justifiable rage. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men franchise is still Marvel’s weird, mutant cinematic stepchild," 5 June 2019 Cash emphasizes that this study is narrowly focused on estimating how much people value Facebook, leaving aside the many justifiable concerns about privacy, or the network's role in spreading misinformation, or vulnerability to hacking by trolls. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Economists calculate the true value of Facebook to its users in new study," 27 Dec. 2018 But the series also twins that idea with the idea of blame, the idea of finding a scapegoat and sometimes even a completely justifiable scapegoat. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "BoJack Horseman season 5 is a bold, bracing look at a culture that shirks responsibility," 15 Sep. 2018 About $4,000 for a decade of peaceful sleep seems completely justifiable to me. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Everything to Know Before Buying the Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt Mattress," 1 Feb. 2019 Expressing our indignation only to fixate on the next breaking news story, repeating a cycle of justifiable anger — these will not aid the Puerto Rican people. Danielle Campoamor, Teen Vogue, "Here’s How You Can Still Help Puerto Rico If You’re Not a Sitting U.S. President," 17 Sep. 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 How to pronounce justifiable (audio) \

Legal Definition of justifiable

: capable of being justified justifiable reliance

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