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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But one in particular, which really had nothing to do with Hostetler’s inexperience, understandably drew the ire of the future Patriots coach. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Former Giants QB recalls the time he drilled Bill Belichick in the head with a ball," 26 June 2018 So far, most of the anger sparked by Trump’s immigration policies — opposed by about 59 percent of Americans, according to the latest polls — has been moral outrage, and understandably so. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Can Trump's slow-motion ethnic cleansing keep whites in U.S. majority? | Will Bunch," 12 July 2018 The team’s fans are frustrated, and understandably so. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic Mailbag: What’s the deal with Orlando’s point guard situation?," 12 July 2018 The royals have rarely named immediate family members as godparents, and understandably so. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Royal Christening Quiz You Have to Take Before Prince Louis's Baptism," 8 July 2018 Trump’s meeting with Putin will command headlines and think pieces for days, and understandably so; for all Trump’s political peculiarities, his personal relationship with Putin is the most peculiar of all. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Trump and Putin Will Call Their Summit a Success. But Don't Expect U.S.-Russia Relations to Improve," 6 July 2018 Iceland has become everyone’s favorite story and understandably so, this country with a population of 350,000 securing a 1-1 draw against Argentina in its opening game. Dylan Hernandez, latimes.com, "Landon Donovan's heart was in the right place, but the U.S.-Mexico soccer rivalry is too intense," 20 June 2018 The ongoing discussion about the separation of families at the border has sparked national outrage, and understandably so, as many of the stories are absolutely heartbreaking. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "5 Simple Ways to Stand Up for Families Separated at the Border Right Now," 17 June 2018 The recent tragedy at Santa Fe ISD - right here in our own backyard in Texas - has caused alarm among students, parents, grandparents and the entire community, understandably so. Dr. Leland R. Moore, Houston Chronicle, "COCISD superintendent: The plain and simple truth on school campus safety," 3 June 2018

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circa 1921, in the meaning defined above

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