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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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 verdict was watched with great anticipation across the country because of the history of law enforcement officers not being held accountable for committing what many believe to be unjustifiable uses of force against unarmed suspects. oregonlive, 21 Apr. 2021 This is part of a larger trend of powerful adults and institutions failing in their obligation to shield the powerless from unfair criticism and unjustifiable consequences. Isaac Schorr, National Review, 25 Feb. 2021 He has been charged by the Marin County district attorney’s office with making criminal threats, false imprisonment by violence, kidnapping, and unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering on a child. Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2021 The unjustifiable support for a brutal assassination of a prominent scientist does nothing more than encourage a few criminals, such as the Israeli regime and its allies, to commit more assassinations. WSJ, 30 Nov. 2020 The full pardon Trump granted to Flynn ended a four-year unjustifiable persecution that included abuses of power by the FBI, then-special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, and a federal district court judge. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 28 Nov. 2020 Twitter's rationale about blocking documents taken without authorization is unjustifiable and dangerous. TheWeek, 25 Oct. 2020 In Scottsdale, more than a few people found the city’s subsidy unjustifiable. Katie Surma, The Arizona Republic, 20 June 2018 French especially has long held an unjustifiable position of prestige, but these girls will drop it all on a dime to catch his Puerto Rican ear, on his Puerto Rican terms. New York Times, 31 Jan. 2020

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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 Jun. 2021.

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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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