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 Of the 85 homicides in Birmingham so far this year, 12 have now been ruled justifiable and one accidental. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "June shooting death of Birmingham man deemed justified; no charges will be filed," 15 Sep. 2020 Just like Ometu, the cops had a good, thoroughly justifiable reason for being on Woodstone Drive that afternoon. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Police have lessons to learn from handling of jogger case," 2 Sep. 2020 For several years, prosecutors found the deaths at the hands of the policing agencies in the region had been justifiable homicides. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Some statewide policing reforms still in the mix as Legislature’s session nears end," 30 Aug. 2020 Of those, 10 have been ruled justifiable and one accidental and therefore are not deemed criminal. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Man found shot to death in middle of southwest Birmingham street," 31 Aug. 2020 Kaylee Remington reports the grand jury found Elyria police’s actions and their deadly use of force justifiable in the July 2019 incident. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Documents show FirstEnergy pressures state lawmakers to get what it wants: The Wake Up for Friday, Aug. 28, 2020," 28 Aug. 2020 There are two extremes here: justifiable use of deadly force and first-degree intentional homicide. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Does Kyle Rittenhouse Have a Self-Defense Claim?," 28 Aug. 2020 Lillard hobbled off with a right knee injury, amid justifiable concerns. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Trail Blazers window is closing again... and not just with this Lakers playoff series," 25 Aug. 2020 Its popularity has been justifiable: the bank hasn’t posted anything less than a strong double-digit return on equity in any year over the past 20. Mike Bird, WSJ, "The Golden Boy of Indian Finance Faces Its Greatest Threat," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of justifiable

1561, in the meaning defined above

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18 Sep 2020

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“Justifiable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/justifiable. Accessed 20 Sep. 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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