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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.
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 for unjustifiable
  • Skeptics claim that college in prison is an unjustifiable expense.
  • And to curb my usual exaggerated and unjustifiable optimism and empathy.
  • Claiming that democracy supports such a decision only adds a mischievous gloss to an unjustifiable position.
  • The rise of the irrational faiths is a worrying prospect, particularly as they are given unjustifiable special treatment.
  • Treating carried interest as capital gains is an unjustifiable tax break that needs to be eliminated.
  • What you say is nothing else than unjustifiable ideology and flawed wishful thinking.
  • Most of the loudest claims are con, alleging unjustifiable strain on our public services.
  • All of this is regrettable, but understandable, and not unjustifiable.
  • It is an unjustifiable intrusion into an immensely personal moment.
  • It is not unfair or unjustifiable, this casting of the novel's characters.
British Dictionary definitions for unjustifiable


not capable of being justified
Derived Forms
unjustifiably, adverb


capable of being justified; understandable
Derived Forms
justifiability, justifiableness, noun
justifiably, adverb
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