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 Those behind the recent changes to state law contend that single-family-only zoning is a relic of a past that is no longer justifiable. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 Is there any justifiable rationale for that approach to the pandemic? Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2021 All in all, the industry’s outlook where flaring is concerned has gone from a seemingly never-ending blackeye to a point of real progress and some justifiable pride in two short years. David Blackmon, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 But that would have been the right justifiable thing to do that would honor her truth. EW.com, 10 Sep. 2021 This is troubling because the US de facto assumes that violence is the only legitimate and justifiable intervention. Brandon Tensley, CNN, 9 Sep. 2021 The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office on July 6 ruled the killing justifiable. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 30 Aug. 2021 Facebook may find its decision to ban the Taliban an easy and justifiable one. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 17 Aug. 2021 In fact, anti-intellectualism is usually the incidental consequence of some other intention, often some justifiable intention. Garret Keizer, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 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 22 Oct. 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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