- 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 unjustifiable
Cameron stood in the House of Commons and said that the events of the day were “unjustified and unjustifiable.”How Long, How Long Did We Sing that Song?
June 16, 2010
This I imagine to be not ignorance, but unjustifiable license.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
This did really seem to me a ruthless and unjustifiable proceeding.Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
He was half angry with himself for a step which now appeared so unjustifiable.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
And I cannot but think that the Dean has interfered in a most unjustifiable manner.Is He Popenjoy?</p>
Thousands of peaceful natives were treated with unjustifiable ferocity.The Philippine Islands
- not capable of being justified
- capable of being justified; understandable
Word Origin and History for unjustifiable
1520s, from Old French justifiable, from justifiier (see justify). Earlier in same sense was justificable (mid-15c.). Related: Justifiably (mid-15c.).