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

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

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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for unjustifiably


  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 unjustifiably



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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