justifiable

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

adjective

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

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British Dictionary definitions for unjustifiable (1 of 2)

unjustifiable

/ (ʌnˈdʒʌstɪˌfaɪəbəl) /

adjective

not capable of being justified

Derived Forms

unjustifiably, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for unjustifiable (2 of 2)

justifiable

/ (ˈdʒʌstɪˌfaɪəbəl) /

adjective

capable of being justified; understandable

Derived Forms

justifiability or justifiableness, nounjustifiably, adverb
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