justifiable

adjective
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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Other Words from justifiable

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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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 The obsession is justifiable: Their milk is loaded with lactic acid, a dermatological wonder that gently exfoliates, can help reduce signs of aging like spots and sallowness, and can increase skin’s ability to retain moisture. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "Goat Milk Is the Secret to Beautiful Skin," 29 Nov. 2018 Over a decade ago, when social media first became a standard part of daily life, there was so much justifiable reason for optimism. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince William Offers a Bold Condemnation of Social Media Companies at the BBC Headquarters," 15 Nov. 2018 The entire first episode is told through Joe's POV and, in his mind, his gross invasions of privacy are perfectly justifiable. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Penn Badgley Is Way Creepier Than Dan Humphrey On His New Show You," 9 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of justifiable

1561, in the meaning defined above

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justifiable

adjective
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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