Share this entry

justifiable homicide Syllabification: jus·ti·fi·a·ble hom·i·cide

Definition of justifiable homicide in English:


The killing of a person in circumstances that allow the act to be regarded in law as without criminal guilt.
Example sentences
  • I would then have admitted the crime, retained myself for the defense… and entered a plea of justifiable homicide.
  • And he was then not charged with any offence at all, because the law makes it quite clear that what he was engaged in doing amounts to justifiable homicide under the provisions I just spoke about.
  • Consider, for example, self-defense, a form of justifiable homicide.

Definition of justifiable homicide in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day fortissimo
Pronunciation: fɔːˈtɪsɪməʊ
(especially as a direction) very loud or loudly