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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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  • "I tell you she wanted to keep them," said Dale unjustifiably.

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  • I must not reject the truth because another has unjustifiably adopted it.

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  • To select truth as objective and error as "subjective" is, on this basis, an unjustifiably partial procedure.

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  • He was asking her what he had accused Lambert of unjustifiably wanting Betty to do.

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  • That afternoon, in our unjustifiably sanguine forecast, we had hopes of finding this particular bear.

British Dictionary definitions for unjustifiably


capable of being justified; understandable
Derived Forms
justifiability, justifiableness, noun
justifiably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unjustifiably



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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