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justifiable

[ juhs-tuh-fahy-uh-buh l, juhs-tuh-fahy- ]
/ ˈdʒʌs təˌfaɪ ə bəl, ˌdʒʌs təˈfaɪ- /
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adjective

capable of being justified; that can be shown to be or can be defended as being just, right, or warranted; defensible: justifiable homicide.

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justiciable, justiciar, justiciary, justicoat, justifiability, justifiable, justifiable homicide, justification, justification by grace, through faith, justification by works, justificatory

Origin of justifiable

From Middle French, dating back to 1515–25; see origin at justify, -able
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justifiable

/ (ˈdʒʌstɪˌfaɪəbəl) /

adjective

capable of being justified; understandable
Derived Formsjustifiability or justifiableness, nounjustifiably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for justifiable

justifiable


adj.

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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