- 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
Examples from the Web for justifiable
The case against Wilson was never easy to make, given the special laws governing “justifiable homicides” in police shootings.The Three Biggest Unanswered Questions About Ferguson
November 26, 2014
Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are justifiable movie stars in that movie.What the Hell Is ‘Twee’? A Genre? A Mindset? An Art Form?
June 23, 2014
The justifiable concern this spectacle raises is that Republicans stand to lose no matter what they do.The House GOP’s Big Immigration Fail
June 5, 2014
It's not, however, in my opinion, a justifiable or moral basis for excluding individuals from the Jewish community.What to Make of Le Mood's Decision to Disinvite Speakers Over Israel Politics?
November 4, 2013
Among the ancient Greeks, Aristotle was certainly not one to regard the suppression of justifiable anger as admirable.Our Right to Revenge After the Boston Attacks
May 6, 2013
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.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
If your crime be treason, it cannot be justified; if it be justifiable, it is not treason.The Shadow of a Crime
Still, I almost think the word I substituted is justifiable.The Greater Power
Beyond this, however, no interference contrary to the parent's consent, is justifiable.The Teacher
- capable of being justified; understandable
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.).