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[wawr-uh n-tuh-buh l, wor-] /ˈwɔr ən tə bəl, ˈwɒr-/
capable of being warranted.
(of deer) of a legal age for hunting.
Origin of warrantable
1575-85; warrant + -able
Related forms
nonwarrantable, adjective
nonwarrantably, adverb
unwarrantable, adjective
unwarrantably, adverb
unwarrantableness, noun Unabridged
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  • He grew ashamed of himself, realizing that a foolish and unwarrantable jealousy had led him into a species of disloyalty.

    Overland Red Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • "I object to this unwarrantable cross-examination," said he.

  • We have warned them from time to time of attempts made by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us.

  • He was redoubtable, not in virtue of his office, but because of his unwarrantable assumptions.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • Some may commend him, while others will accuse him of unwarrantable interference.

    The High Heart Basil King
  • You mean that it was a great liberty on my part—an unwarrantable liberty?

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • We think we have already shown in these pages how unwarrantable such an accusation was.

    Cuba Arthur D. Hall
  • He rejected the mere possibility of such an unwarrantable intrusion.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • It had died as it had come and the penalty of the crushed fingers hurt him as unwarrantable, combined with the peril they had run.

  • What rascal is this, who takes the unwarrantable licence of singing and deafening me like this?

    Amphitryon Moliere
British Dictionary definitions for unwarrantable


incapable of vindication or justification
Derived Forms
unwarrantableness, noun
unwarrantably, adverb
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