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 Birmingham police on Tuesday announced the April 17 death of 50-year-old Gregory Johnson has been ruled justifiable by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Death of man at hands of Ensley store security guard ruled justifiable; no charges to be filed," 21 Apr. 2020 Getting an inside look can help make late nights or missed life moments more justifiable once there is a return to office life and separate careers. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "5 ways to get along with your new coworker - your spouse," 14 Apr. 2020 Here, the coronavirus shutdown may have been an understandable first reaction, even a justifiable one. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "On the Limits of Law," 21 Mar. 2020 The pandemic may have the effect of a justifiable war waged by an embattled president with low popularity. Steven Levy, Wired, "Has the Coronavirus Killed the Techlash?," 20 Mar. 2020 Yet in their continuing efforts to reverse a controversial yet justifiable judgment call, the Wests and their lawyers have repeatedly erred on the side of hyperbolic hysteria. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "As desperate as it is, Maximum Security's owners still fight Kentucky Derby loss in court," 19 Feb. 2020 The whole interaction simmers with justifiable tension, and then explodes into violence. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Queen & Slim is an old-fashioned road picture set in a brutally modern America: Review," 25 Nov. 2019 To that end his team is happy to harness Maoist rhetoric, nostalgia for a simpler, less materialist China and the public’s justifiable pride in the endurance of past hardships. The Economist, "Xi’s embrace of false history and fearsome weapons is worrying," 3 Oct. 2019 Turns out that Turner’s husband actually has a pretty justifiable reason for not showing up to the ceremony. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Joe Jonas Won't Be with Sophie Turner at the Emmys," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of justifiable

1561, in the meaning defined above

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7 May 2020

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“Justifiable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/justifiable. Accessed 2 Jun. 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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