un·​der·​stand·​ably ˌən-dər-ˈstan-də-blē How to pronounce understandably (audio)
: as can be easily understood : for understandable reasons
is understandably nervous

Examples of understandably in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was understandably exhausted from doing four shows a week for nearly two decades. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 12 Feb. 2024 So why the dramatic shift? Some of this, understandably, goes back to personnel. Jesse Newell, Kansas City Star, 11 Feb. 2024 When his understandably emotional mother and the rest of the family drop him off at the airport, the filmmakers make a surprising choice. Carlos Aguilar, Variety, 9 Feb. 2024 Writer-director Laura Chinn tells the semi-autobiographical story about her dying brother and understandably crazed mother, with no-dry-eyes left performances by Nico Parker and Laura Linney, plus an assist from Woody Harrelson for good measure. Brian Lowry, CNN, 9 Feb. 2024 The scrub line was (understandably) too much for Orlovsky, who appeared in 26 NFL games (with 12 starts) through seven seasons and was the all-time passing yards leader at Connecticut. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 8 Feb. 2024 The humiliating over-policing this low-income area is subjected to has led him to hold an understandably defeatist attitude. Carlos Aguilar, Variety, 29 Jan. 2024 These friends are now wavering, running out of patience, understandably shaken by the devastating images from Gaza and by their desperate desire to bring the hostages home, hoping against hope—as do all good people—for the imminent arrival of the blessings of peace. TIME, 27 Jan. 2024 And having seen what a high debt load can do to Gen X and Millennial peers, Gen Z is understandably wary of college costs. Irina Ivanova, Fortune, 24 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of understandably was circa 1921

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“Understandably.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/understandably. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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