[ juhs-tuh-fahy-uh-buhl, juhs-tuh-fahy- ]
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  1. 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

Other words from justifiable

  • jus·ti·fi·a·bil·i·ty, jus·ti·fi·a·ble·ness, noun
  • jus·ti·fi·a·bly, adverb
  • un·jus·ti·fi·a·ble, adjective
  • un·jus·ti·fi·a·ble·ness, noun
  • un·jus·ti·fi·a·bly, adverb

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How to use justifiable in a sentence

  • The justifiability of this point of view may scarcely be disputed.

  • On the justifiability of such a course I do not understand that my opinion is asked.'

    It Never Can Happen Again | William De Morgan
  • She saw by the lifting of his eyebrows that he was impressed, that he secretly admitted the justifiability of her summons to him.

    The Pretty Lady | Arnold E. Bennett
  • Among those who ventured to doubt the justifiability of the proposed marriage was Helene's mother, Princess Kuragina.

    War and Peace | Leo Tolstoy

British Dictionary definitions for justifiable


/ (ˈdʒʌstɪˌfaɪəbəl) /

  1. capable of being justified; understandable

Derived forms of justifiable

  • justifiability or justifiableness, noun
  • justifiably, adverb

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