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


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

    justifiable homicide.


/ ˈdʒʌstɪˌfaɪəbəl /


  1. capable of being justified; understandable
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Derived Forms

  • ˌjustiˌfiaˈbility, noun
  • ˈjustiˌfiably, adverb
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Other Words From

  • 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of justifiable1

From Middle French, dating back to 1515–25; justify, -able
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Example Sentences

If your goal is to simply work more comfortably, that price may not feel justifiable.

They’ll need to be eventually, and the selection committee will be challenged while dealing with a smaller set of scheduled games — to the point the dreaded “eye test” might be a justifiable evaluation method.

Another reason for the trend in male nudity has to do with justifiable criticism of the ways women have been sexually objectified on TV and in film.

These inequities have never been justifiable, and the fact that they align sharply with partisan politics makes them worse, not better.

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It shows the legally justifiable amount it could charge developers is a flat fee of $6,596.

For the last three decades, he has garnered justifiable praise as one of best pianists in jazz.

The case against Wilson was never easy to make, given the special laws governing “justifiable homicides” in police shootings.

Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are justifiable movie stars in that movie.

The justifiable concern this spectacle raises is that Republicans stand to lose no matter what they do.

It's not, however, in my opinion, a justifiable or moral basis for excluding individuals from the Jewish community.

To make it so in fact, all means are justifiable; nay, advisable, even to the point of taking life.

The removal of a tyrant is not merely justifiable; it is the highest duty of every true revolutionist.

All weapons are justifiable in the noble struggle of the People against this terrible curse.

Except in the case of a spade declaration, cases in which redoubling is justifiable are very rare.

It was only after he learned that England and France were backing Russia that he considered the war justifiable.





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