[juhs-tuh-fahy-uh-buh l, juhs-tuh-fahy-]
- capable of being justified; that can be shown to be or can be defended as being just, right, or warranted; defensible: justifiable homicide.
Origin of justifiable
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Examples from the Web for justifiability
The justifiability of this point of view may scarcely be disputed.Elements of Folk Psychology
On the justifiability of such a course I do not understand that my opinion is asked.'It Never Can Happen Again
William De Morgan
She saw by the lifting of his eyebrows that he was impressed, that he secretly admitted the justifiability of her summons to him.The Pretty Lady
Arnold E. Bennett
Among those who ventured to doubt the justifiability of the proposed marriage was Helene's mother, Princess Kuragina.War and Peace
- capable of being justified; understandable
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Word Origin and History for justifiability
1520s, from Old French justifiable, from justifiier (see justify). Earlier in same sense was justificable (mid-15c.). Related: Justifiably (mid-15c.).
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