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

Other Words from unjustifiable

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

Examples of unjustifiable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The program has become the football equivalent of California’s high-speed rail, its costs unjustifiable and its results indefensible. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 The problem was only made worse when Russia’s unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine cut off food and fuel exports. Ben Ritz, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Meanwhile, the remainder of the developed world seeks to wage financial war on the Russian state in order to punish it for its unjustifiable hostility and, above all, stop the fighting. Tim Maurer, Forbes, 15 May 2022 Russia attacked and invaded Ukraine a month ago, in what the U.S. and other Western nations have condemned as an unprovoked and unjustifiable assault. NBC News, 26 Mar. 2022 Russia’s unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine has suddenly forced the new German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, and the ruling coalition to rethink these ties and our policy positions in a number of related areas. Matthias Kromayer, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2022 Putin’s choice to make a totally unjustifiable war on Ukraine will have left Russia weaker and the rest of the world stronger. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2022 Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin said on Twitter that the use of force was unjustifiable. Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2021 Westminster exemplifies a national workplace drinks culture that long predates the pandemic, and has always put unjustifiable pressure on those who fear their career depends on participating. Holly Thomas, CNN, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for unjustifiable


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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Nglish: Translation of unjustifiable for Spanish Speakers


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