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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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 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

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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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