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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 desert a woman was justifiable, under certain circumstances.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Yet as a last resort to maintain the right, war is justifiable.

  • If your crime be treason, it cannot be justified; if it be justifiable, it is not treason.

  • Still, I almost think the word I substituted is justifiable.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • Beyond this, however, no interference contrary to the parent's consent, is justifiable.

    The Teacher Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for justifiable


capable of being justified; understandable
Derived Forms
justifiability, justifiableness, noun
justifiably, adverb
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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.).

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