un·​der·​stand·​ably | \ˌən-dər-ˈstan-də-blē \

Definition of understandably 

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

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Though her tone is humorous, this is understandably frustrating. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Lorde's Instagram Story About All the Annoying Things Acne Sufferers Hear Is Hilariously Relatable," 18 Feb. 2018 Jews are, understandably, sensitive to statements and jokes like these. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Bhagwan’s Jewish Problem," 12 Apr. 2018 Freeform, the channel formerly known as ABC Family, was understandably excited about laying claim to its own piece of the Marvel universe, capitalizing on the synergistic ties to a sister Disney division. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Marvel's 'Cloak & Dagger' doesn't get under the skin," 5 June 2018 These are crimes with intent, and so, understandably, the system focuses on those issues. Peter Flax, Outside Online, "Why Is It So Hard to Charge Motorists with Murder?," 15 May 2018 Spanish colonists in South America paid it little mind, being understandably focused on things like gold and silver. Cecil Adams, Chicago Reader, "Why is coca only cultivated in South America?," 11 May 2018 Amazon shoppers are understandably excited about the Frigidaire Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner, which among other things, promises to quickly cool a room up to 150 square feet. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: Beat the Heat This Summer with This Best-Selling, $136 Air Conditioner," 10 May 2018 Alabama and Notre Dame fans are both understandably excited the two schools announced a home-and-home series scheduled for 2028 and 2029. John Talty, AL.com, "Who will be coaching Alabama when it plays Notre Dame in 2028?," 19 Apr. 2018 Albies is so young (21 years old) and so good, making the Braves understandably excited about the future. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "10 Atlanta Braves to watch during spring training," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of understandably

circa 1921, in the meaning defined above

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