justifiable

adjective

jus·​ti·​fi·​able ˈjə-stə-ˌfī-ə-bəl How to pronounce justifiable (audio)
: capable of being justified : excusable
justifiable family prideCurrent Biography
justifiably adverb

Example Sentences

had justifiable reasons for leaving early
Recent Examples on the Web In Dallas, there has been a rise in the number of homicides deemed to be justifiable, such as those conducted in self-defense, even as overall shootings have declined from last year’s high levels. J. David Goodman, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2022 The festival hoards stayed away from this tiny ski hamlet at the base of the Wasatch Mountains for two years due to justifiable fears of a superspreader event. Vulture, 20 Jan. 2023 The News in November requested every justifiable homicide incident report in 2022 but the department has not responded. Dallas News, 12 Jan. 2023 Legal experts agreed that deadly force is not a legally justifiable way to defend property, except, perhaps, in cases of self-defense or home intrusion. Daniella Silva, NBC News, 12 Jan. 2023 Mainly that the releases don't prove much that isn't already known, or sometimes even justifiable, despite the big headlines and allegations that have accompanied them. Joel Mathis, The Week, 13 Dec. 2022 But then eerie silence that reminded me of when there was all of this heartache, justifiable, about the gorilla, Harambe, in Cincinnati, but zero said about innocent Black and Brown people slaughtered in the street by the state. Clayton Davis, Variety, 24 Nov. 2022 Amato said the victim's family or legal guardian have a winnable and justifiable case for a medical malpractice lawsuit and gross nursing rehabilitation malfeasance case. Jessica Van Egeren, USA TODAY, 11 Nov. 2022 Amato said the victim's family or legal guardian have a winnable and justifiable case for a medical malpractice lawsuit and gross nursing rehabilitation malfeasance case. Jessica Van Egeren, Journal Sentinel, 10 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1561, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of justifiable was in 1561

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“Justifiable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/justifiable. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Legal Definition

justifiable

adjective
jus·​ti·​fi·​able ˌjəs-tə-ˈfī-ə-bəl How to pronounce justifiable (audio)
: capable of being justified
justifiable reliance
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