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

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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 Trump's legal team has argued repeatedly that a hypothetical subpoena for documents or testimony from Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be legally unjustifiable. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Schumer suggests Kavanaugh is lying about time in the White House, would overturn abortion rights," 21 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of unjustifiable

1674, in the meaning defined above

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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