[juhs-tuh-fahy-uh-buh l, juhs-tuh-fahy-]


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
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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Related Words for unjustifiably

unlawfully, wrongly, inexcusably, erroneously, illegally

Examples from the Web for unjustifiably

Contemporary Examples of unjustifiably

  • While it was a very long process, it was not an unjustifiably long process.

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    Going Public With the Nixon Tapes

    Scott Porch

    August 7, 2014

  • A fortune's on the table when people are unjustifiably scared and told their only option is to buy gold and prepare for doomsday.

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    The Right-Wing Money Model

    Justin Green

    January 7, 2013

  • No longer could Netanyahu claim that the entire world is unjustifiably against Israel.

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    Morsi Should Visit Jerusalem

    Aaron Magid

    January 1, 2013

  • As for federal loans, they are offered at unjustifiably high interest rates—far above those at which the government borrows money.

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    NYU Professor: Are Student Loans Immoral?

    Andrew Ross

    September 27, 2012

  • Perhaps more disconcertingly, the defense complains that simply meeting with Manning is unjustifiably difficult.

Historical Examples of unjustifiably

  • "I tell you she wanted to keep them," said Dale unjustifiably.

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    Anthony Hope

  • I must not reject the truth because another has unjustifiably adopted it.

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    Charles Brockden Brown

  • To select truth as objective and error as "subjective" is, on this basis, an unjustifiably partial procedure.

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    John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen

  • He was asking her what he had accused Lambert of unjustifiably wanting Betty to do.

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    Wadsworth Camp

  • That afternoon, in our unjustifiably sanguine forecast, we had hopes of finding this particular bear.

British Dictionary definitions for unjustifiably



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



1520s, from Old French justifiable, from justifiier (see justify). Earlier in same sense was justificable (mid-15c.). Related: Justifiably (mid-15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper