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justiciable

[juh-stish-ee-uh-buh l, -stish-uh-buh l]
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adjective Law.
  1. capable of being settled by law or by the action of a court: a justiciable dispute.

Origin of justiciable

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin jūstitiābilis. See justice, -able
Related formsjus·ti·ci·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·jus·ti·ci·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·jus·ti·ci·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for justiciable

Historical Examples

  • I appreciate that some questions are not justiciable and cannot be arbitrated.

    The Evidence in the Case

    James M. Beck

  • In federal States the power of the judge is naturally decreased, and that of the justiciable parties is augmented.

  • Even if this man were always the justiciable of a court that had passed into private hands, we could still understand it.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • In federal states the power of the judge is naturally decreased, and that of the justiciable parties is augmented.

    American Institutions and Their Influence

    Alexis de Tocqueville et al.


British Dictionary definitions for justiciable

justiciable

adjective
  1. capable of being determined by a court of law
  2. liable to be brought before a court for trial; subject to jurisdiction
Derived Formsjusticiability, noun
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Word Origin and History for justiciable

adj.

mid-15c., from Old French justisable "amenable to a jurisdiction," from justicier, from Latin iustitia (see justice).

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