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[juhs-tuh-fahy-uh-buh l, juhs-tuh-fahy-] /ˈdʒʌs təˌfaɪ ə bəl, ˌdʒʌs təˈfaɪ-/
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
1515-25; < Middle French; see justify, -able
Related forms
justifiability, justifiableness, noun
justifiably, adverb
unjustifiable, adjective
unjustifiableness, noun
unjustifiably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for justifiable
  • He eventually realizes he's going down the dark path, but he thinks it's justifiable.
  • Incremental bandwidth is a tiny part of the cost of supporting broadband so only a tiny usage charge is justifiable.
  • There is no, absolutely no justifiable excuse for their behavior.
  • Deciding that graffiti is art doesn't make it morally justifiable.
  • If the original contains a typo of no consequence, it is polite-and justifiable-to correct it quietly.
  • It happens by little steps, with each step on each side being justifiable in the minds of both parties.
  • Seems to me that it would be equally justifiable on the basis of the argument given.
  • Whether or not it is justifiable to terminate that process during the nine-month gestation period is another story.
  • If it is justifiable to make seatbelts and bike helmets mandatory, then it is justifiable to make vaccination mandatory.
  • The exclamation mark after friend is justifiable, not the other.
British Dictionary definitions for justifiable


capable of being justified; understandable
Derived Forms
justifiability, justifiableness, noun
justifiably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for justifiable

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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