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 Avoiding this ugly choice has, understandably, been the Biden administration’s central goal in the region. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 25 July 2022 That long of a wait will understandably be interminable for many fans of the series. Andy Meek, BGR, 15 July 2022 Texas and Oklahoma leaving the Big 12 for the SEC has been a brutal ordeal personally for Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who understandably feels betrayed by the move. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2021 Home builders are slowing construction on new homes, understandably wary of getting caught with a glut if a recession comes along and craters demand. Allison Morrow, CNN, 20 July 2022 The energy consumption is understandably low given its small size at only 203 kilowatt hours per year. Better Homes & Gardens, 19 July 2022 Though the pair understandably kept their pregnancy news private for months, fans have been anticipating a follow-up to 2016’s Twenty88 for years. Darlene Aderoju, Billboard, 19 July 2022 Sure, there were some pretty predictable responses giving shout-outs to folks from recent seasons because, understandably, who can really remember what happened 812 episodes ago anyway? Dalton Ross, EW.com, 18 July 2022 So the guests were understandably curious about how the Scotts had managed eight years times seven plus two. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 See More

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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 17 Aug. 2022.

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