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justifiable

[juhs-tuh-fahy-uh-buh l, 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.
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Origin of justifiable

From Middle French, dating back to 1515–25; see origin at justify, -able
Related formsjus·ti·fi·a·bil·i·ty, jus·ti·fi·a·ble·ness, nounjus·ti·fi·a·bly, adverbun·jus·ti·fi·a·ble, adjectiveun·jus·ti·fi·a·ble·ness, nounun·jus·ti·fi·a·bly, adverb
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unjustifiable

adjective
  1. not capable of being justified
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Derived Formsunjustifiably, adverb

justifiable

adjective
  1. capable of being justified; understandable
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Derived Formsjustifiability or justifiableness, nounjustifiably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unjustifiable

adj.

1640s, from un- (1) "not" + justifiable. Related: Unjustifiably.

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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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