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 Away from the gymnasium in the current coronavirus pandemic, Miller is understandably more cautious in her choices. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Gut feeling, family input guide Dawson volleyball star in college choice," 18 May 2020 But what can frighten, understandably, some doormen, has inspired others to action. Julie Satow, New York Times, "Lobby Heroes of the Lockdown," 15 May 2020 Many small businesses have been seriously hurt by the shutdown and are understandably eager to reopen their doors. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Former CDC chief Tom Frieden warns of "many waves" of COVID-19 if economy reopens too soon," 13 May 2020 Sometimes the employment department can fix those mistakes automatically but confused applicants understandably call for an explanation. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Q&A on Oregon’s unemployment benefits fiasco: where things went wrong, and where they’re headed," 13 May 2020 Chip-making giants and their investors understandably like the idea of the U.S. government pitching in on a very expensive business. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "For Chip Makers, Government Involvement Won’t Come Free," 12 May 2020 Modern scholars, and the public at large, understandably view this idea with disdain. Dan Falk, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Complicated Legacy of Herbert Spencer, the Man Who Coined ‘Survival of the Fittest’," 29 Apr. 2020 Even if those clamoring for an end to the lockdown get their way over the next month or so, businesses will be opening their doors to a world filled with understandably frightened people. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "American optimism is becoming a problem," 27 Apr. 2020 Hearties understandably aren't ready to say goodbye to Hope Valley for the next few months — albeit, forever. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Is 'When Calls the Heart' Renewed for Season 8? Here's What We Know About the Show's Fate," 26 Apr. 2020

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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 27 May. 2020.

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