un·​jus·​ti·​fi·​able | \ ˌən-ˈjə-stə-ˌfī-ə-bəl How to pronounce unjustifiable (audio) \

Definition of unjustifiable

: unable to be justified : not excusable or justifiable an unjustifiable decision taking an unjustifiable risk unjustifiable expenses

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unjustifiably \ ˌən-​ˈjə-​stə-​ˌfī-​ə-​blē How to pronounce unjustifiably (audio) \ adverb
unjustifiably high prices

Examples of unjustifiable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This seems to be an attempt to try to justify what is clearly unjustifiable. Washington Post, "Report: Texas cop shot man in ‘altercation of some sort’," 6 Feb. 2020 In August, an independent hearing examiner suggested that the board reinstate Clark after finding her job termination unjustifiable. USA TODAY, "Texas teacher re-hired after tweeting Trump to 'remove the illegals,' getting fired," 28 Nov. 2019 Under his administration, federal law-enforcement agencies — including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms — had become notorious for legally unjustifiable and excessive violence, often with deadly consequences for the victims. David B. Kopel, National Review, "Trump Must Not Break His Promises to Gun-Rights Supporters," 16 Aug. 2019 Then a Latina woman suggested that punitive actions toward DACA recipients were expensive and unjustifiable. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "What Happens When a Group of Strangers Spends a Day Debating Immigration?," 23 July 2019 However, the majority of statements—including one from senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a Democratic presidential hopeful—say profiting from the crisis or supporting its governmental players is morally unjustifiable. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Wayfair’s CEO runs a children’s foundation while furnishing migrant camps," 26 June 2019 Without that, their price starts to feel unjustifiable in the modern world of true wireless convenience at the same or lower price, alongside better and cheaper neckbuds from OnePlus and Huawei at the $99 mark. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "RHA releases wireless edition of the excellent T20 earphones," 20 June 2019 Namely, some pharma companies go too far in trying to extend their drugs’ patent lives, turning justifiable mortgages into unjustifiable rents. Peter Kolchinsky, WSJ, "Let’s Throw a Patent-Burning Party," 30 Sep. 2018 Other manufacturers produced better sound without sucking up a ton of space on the front of the phone, making Google's Pixel 2 design unjustifiable. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of unjustifiable

1674, in the meaning defined above

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“Unjustifiable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unjustifiable. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unjustifiable

: not able to be defended, excused, or accepted : not justifiable


un·​jus·​ti·​fi·​able | \ ˌən-ˈjəs-tə-ˌfī-ə-bəl, -ˌjəs-tə-ˈfī- \

Legal Definition of unjustifiable

: not justifiable

Other Words from unjustifiable

unjustifiably adverb

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