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justifiable

[juhs-tuh-fahy-uh-buh l, juhs-tuh-fahy-] /ˈdʒʌs təˌfaɪ ə bəl, ˌdʒʌs təˈfaɪ-/
adjective
1.
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
1515-1525
1515-25; < Middle French; see justify, -able
Related forms
justifiability, justifiableness, noun
justifiably, adverb
unjustifiable, adjective
unjustifiableness, noun
unjustifiably, adverb
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  • The justifiability of this point of view may scarcely be disputed.

  • 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 Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for justifiability

justifiable

/ˈdʒʌstɪˌfaɪəbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being justified; understandable
Derived Forms
justifiability, justifiableness, noun
justifiably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for justifiability
n.

1835, from justifiable + -ity.

justifiable

adj.

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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