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[juhs-tuh-fahy-uh-buh l, juhs-tuh-fahy-] /ˈdʒʌs təˌfaɪ ə bəl, ˌdʒʌs təˈfaɪ-/
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
From Middle French, dating back to 1515-25; See origin at justify, -able
Related forms
justifiability, justifiableness, noun
justifiably, adverb
unjustifiable, adjective
unjustifiableness, noun
unjustifiably, adverb Unabridged
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  • To secretly kill your calumniator, to avoid scandal, is justifiable.

  • A blow is not justifiable except in self-defence, or when all other means have failed.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • The procession had nearly passed us when we saw a sight calculated to animate us anew with a justifiable pride.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Many of the outgrowths of this method compel a justifiable rejection.

  • "It would not have been justifiable if the rogue had not first swindled me out of the money," replied the naval officer.

    Fighting for the Right Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for justifiable


capable of being justified; understandable
Derived Forms
justifiability, justifiableness, noun
justifiably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for justifiable

1520s, from Old French justifiable, from justifiier (see justify). Earlier in same sense was justificable (mid-15c.). Related: Justifiably (mid-15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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