un·​jus·​ti·​fi·​able | \ˌən-ˈjə-stə-ˌfī-ə-bəl \

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 \ adverb
unjustifiably high prices

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Maxwell defended raises to his top aides, but called those in the human resources division unjustifiable. Washington Post, "Scandals mar the journey of a hometown boy made good," 5 May 2018 The infamous soup-throwing incident didn't help, earning him a one-game suspension, the latest in a long line of unjustifiable antics. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "JR Smith's secret to rebounding from poor regular season is found on the golf course," 4 May 2018 In the postwar years, Korematsu v. United States sank into infamy as an unjustifiable suspension of rights and condoning of racial mistreatment. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "Court Upholds Travel Ban, but Slams Infamous Case on Japanese Internment Camps," 26 June 2018 Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Why "Provocative" Meghan Markle Photos Are Being Used To Hurt Kate Middleton," 13 June 2018 Scott Pruitt's tenure as head of the US' Environmental Protection Agency has often been bogged down in scandals involving questionable spending and the unjustifiable rollback of regulations. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "EPA boots reporters from meeting on chemicals called a PR disaster," 22 May 2018 Allowing owners and management to confiscate tips from the workers who earn them is unjustifiable, and will hurt people already vulnerable to wage theft, harassment and exploitation. Staff, cleveland.com, "Comment here on cleveland.com court and crime stories for Sunday, March 4, 2018," 4 Mar. 2018 Councilwomen Alissia Canady and Katheryn Shields argued that the success of One Light and Two Light, combined with the need for affordable housing and other city programs, makes the deal as written unjustifiable. Bill Turque, kansascity, "KC not obligated to pay developer for Three Light garage, city attorney says | The Kansas City Star," 28 Feb. 2018 To protect that right, every unjustifiable intrusion by the Government upon the privacy of the individual, whatever the means employed, must be deemed a violation of the Fourth Amendment. Lillian Cunningham, Washington Post, "Episode 15 of the Constitutional podcast: ‘Privacy’," 15 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of unjustifiable

1674, in the meaning defined above

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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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