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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Given this boundary-hopping range, Abellán’s recent Paris Fashion Week Men’s experience was understandably jam-packed. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Sita Abellán Shares 5 Musical Highlights From the Paris Men’s Shows," 21 Jan. 2019 The 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival lineup was released earlier this week, and people are — understandably — freaking out about it. Sarah Grace Hart, Teen Vogue, ""13 Reasons Why" Star Dylan Minnette's Band Is Playing Coachella 2019," 4 Jan. 2019 Braves This one is a bit more speculative since the Braves seem to have such a bright future and could be understandably hesitant to part ways with young talent. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "Five sensible proposals for a Manny Machado trade," 23 May 2018 Multiple media outlets received copies but were understandably hesitant to publish its contents, which included unproven allegations about Trump and his inner circle. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Anatomy of a Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theory," 22 May 2018 According to a New York Times article published when the new invention was first installed, citizens were understandably hesitant to ride the ultra-modern contraption. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Movin' On Up: The Curious Birth and Rapid Rise of the Escalator," 6 Apr. 2016 Having at least two sets of sheets to cycle through will understandably extend the life of each set. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "How Often Should You Replace Your Sheets Set?," 11 Jan. 2019 Although fans are understandably freaking out about all of the new twists to analyze (what was with that flash-forward, Toby!?), there was another standout detail that stole the show in the premiere episode: Mandy Moore's outfit! Megan Stein, Country Living, "'This Is Us' Fans Are Obsessed With Rebecca's Beret From the Season 3 Premiere," 26 Sep. 2018 Many of the staff were LGBTQ individuals upset, understandably, at the Trump administration’s documented hostility to LGBTQ rights. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "The Red Hen Affair: Demands for 'civility' are almost always aimed at shutting down free speech," 25 June 2018

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circa 1921, in the meaning defined above

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