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Line breaks: jus¦ti|fi¦able
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʌstɪˌfʌɪəb(ə)l

Definition of justifiable in English:


Able to be shown to be right or reasonable; defensible: it is not financially justifiable their justifiable fears
More example sentences
  • Something important is being taken away from people, and there isn't a justifiable reason for it.
  • There are only two justifiable reasons for taking an animal's life.
  • This should not be a reason for not having cows in calf because there are several more justifiable reasons.
valid, legitimate, warranted, well founded, justified, just, sound, reasonable, sensible;
lawful, legal;
explainable, understandable, forgivable, venial


early 16th century (in the sense 'justiciable'): from French, from justifier 'to justify'.



Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • At advanced levels, metacognitive development involves the development of explicit understanding about the fundamental nature and justifiability of knowledge and reasoning.
  • And the suggestion here is that the rationality or justifiability of Norman's belief should be judged from Norman's own perspective, rather than from one that is unavailable to him.
  • Two reasons are given for the justifiability of this act.


Example sentences
  • This paper examines the extent to which the judgments of 6-, 10-, and 13-year-old boys as to the justifiableness of retaliatory aggression are influenced by certain factors.
  • It has been deemed proper, in commencing a course of lectures on war, to make a few introductory remarks respecting this question of its justifiableness.


he was justifiably angry
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  • Otherwise people might quite justifiably announce that they are being taxed twice for the same service.
  • Grant did a fantastic job, it was a great game of rugby in very difficult conditions won, quite justifiably, by Ayr.
  • There are things we can get justifiably angry about in our health service.

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