justiciable

[ juh-stish-ee-uh-buh l, -stish-uh-buh l ]
/ dʒʌˈstɪʃ i ə bəl, -ˈstɪʃ ə bəl /
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adjective Law.

capable of being settled by law or by the action of a court: a justiciable dispute.

Nearby words

  1. justice of the peace court,
  2. justice's court,
  3. justicer,
  4. justiceship,
  5. justicia,
  6. justiciar,
  7. justiciary,
  8. justicoat,
  9. justifiability,
  10. justifiable

Origin of justiciable

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin jūstitiābilis. See justice, -able

Related formsjus·ti·ci·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·jus·ti·ci·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·jus·ti·ci·a·ble, adjective

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Examples from the Web for justiciable

  • I appreciate that some questions are not justiciable and cannot be arbitrated.

  • In federal states the power of the judge is naturally decreased, and that of the justiciable parties is augmented.

    American Institutions and Their Influence|Alexis de Tocqueville et al.
  • Even if this man were always the justiciable of a court that had passed into private hands, we could still understand it.

    Domesday Book and Beyond|Frederic William Maitland
  • In federal States the power of the judge is naturally decreased, and that of the justiciable parties is augmented.



British Dictionary definitions for justiciable

justiciable

/ (dʒʌˈstɪʃɪəbəl) /

adjective

capable of being determined by a court of law
liable to be brought before a court for trial; subject to jurisdiction
Derived Formsjusticiability, noun

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Word Origin and History for justiciable

justiciable

adj.

mid-15c., from Old French justisable "amenable to a jurisdiction," from justicier, from Latin iustitia (see justice).

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