understandably

adverb
un·​der·​stand·​ably | \ ˌən-dər-ˈstan-də-blē How to pronounce understandably (audio) \

Definition of understandably

: as can be easily understood : for understandable reasons is understandably nervous

Examples of understandably in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Biden administration will understandably be wary of a repeat of the upheaval of 2011, but so are people in the Middle East. Kim Ghattas, The Atlantic, "What the Arab World’s Protesters Have Learned," 1 May 2021 All of this has understandably led to cynicism in some corners. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Soccer Is Broken. The European Super League Proves It.," 20 Apr. 2021 This, understandably, led to some tension on the project, particularly between the US and Europe. Daniel Oberhaus, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Cold War Politics Shaped the International Space Station," 9 Sep. 2020 That has understandably led to speculation that the Aug. 23 Indy 500 would be the last time the three-time winner would race under the Penske umbrella in IndyCar. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Roger Penske doesn't rule out another run with Helio Castroneves; Power, Pagenaud, Newgarden to return," 18 Aug. 2020 Additional clarity on this point could lead to more There will understandably be a large rush to invest in COIN, especially in its first few weeks of trading. Steven Ehrlich, Forbes, "Coinbase Crashes The Party," 15 Apr. 2021 People with fewer material resources are understandably more oriented toward the present. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "The key to stopping procrastination? Compassion.," 12 Apr. 2021 McIlroy was understandably down, but held a brief exchange before walking up the hill and toward the clubhouse. BostonGlobe.com, "A decade ago, Rory McIlroy’s meltdown at the Masters led to my fight for equality in the workplace," 10 Apr. 2021 Diakhaby, on the other hand, was understandably not in the right mind to continue. New York Times, "Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Too Big to Fall," 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of understandably

circa 1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Understandably.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/understandably. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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