justifiable

adjective
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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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 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

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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 \

Legal Definition of justifiable

: capable of being justified justifiable reliance

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