non·​jus·​ti·​cia·​ble ˌnän-ˌjə-ˈsti-sh(ē-)ə-bəl How to pronounce nonjusticiable (audio)
: not justiciable : not capable of being decided by legal principles or by a court of justice
The judiciary has refused to adjudicate claims challenging executive action as violative of the resolution, most recently holding that a challenge by over a hundred congressmen to the armed presence in the Persian Gulf was nonjusticiable. Jules Lobel

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web None of the parties in the case, including Trump himself or the Justice Department, had suggested that the dispute might be nonjusticiable in their briefs for the court. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 28 Apr. 2020 Fifteen years ago, Justice Antonin Scalia similarly argued all partisan—but not racial—gerrymandering claims should be declared nonjusticiable. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, 28 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonjusticiable was in 1884

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“Nonjusticiable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Legal Definition



ˌnän-jə-ˈsti-shə-bəl, -ˈsti-shē-ə-
: not appropriate or proper for judicial consideration or resolution
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