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[juh-stish-ee-uh-buh l, -stish-uh-buh l] /dʒʌˈstɪʃ i ə bəl, -ˈstɪʃ ə bəl/
adjective, Law.
capable of being settled by law or by the action of a court:
a justiciable dispute.
Origin of justiciable
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin jūstitiābilis. See justice, -able
Related forms
justiciability, noun
nonjusticiability, noun
nonjusticiable, adjective Unabridged
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  • 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


capable of being determined by a court of law
liable to be brought before a court for trial; subject to jurisdiction
Derived Forms
justiciability, noun
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Word Origin and History for justiciable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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