Definition of justifiable in English:



  • Able to be shown to be right or reasonable; defensible:

    ‘it is not financially justifiable’
    ‘their justifiable fears’
    • ‘There is no justifiable reason to deny Taiwan a constructive role in the world health system.’
    • ‘Readers will be intrigued by the idea that in the blink of an eye one can make a valid and justifiable decision.’
    • ‘However, there are justifiable reasons for going to bed so ridiculously early.’
    • ‘Obviously that would be completely acceptable and justifiable to whoever it was who'd taken the damn picture.’
    • ‘A few others are in justifiable fear that their boss may take disciplinary action against them if they are identified.’
    • ‘What is required is that the balance be one that is reasonable and justifiable.’
    • ‘Something important is being taken away from people, and there isn't a justifiable reason for it.’
    • ‘Now it may well be that the Court's actions are justifiable under some other theory.’
    • ‘A homicide committed in the proper performance of a legal duty is justifiable.’
    • ‘But could that be a justifiable reason to go on and ban pets altogether?’
    • ‘The increased insured value was reasonably justifiable in view of the possible replacement value at the time.’
    • ‘This should not be a reason for not having cows in calf because there are several more justifiable reasons.’
    • ‘A spokesperson said the report did not provide a justifiable reason for a Labour Court hearing.’
    • ‘These services in the presence of growth will then be justifiable and sustainable.’
    • ‘Some residents have justifiable fears of being seen talking to the police.’
    • ‘However justifiable the reason given for war and killing, suffering and death still occur.’
    • ‘For those who feel insulted by it there is no justifiable reason for it to continue to be exhibited.’
    • ‘There are only two justifiable reasons for taking an animal's life.’
    • ‘Are suspicions of others justifiable, or just the xenophobic fears of an insulated family unit?’
    • ‘Any exceptions could only be made for very strong and justifiable reasons.’
    valid, legitimate, warranted, well founded, justified, just, sound, reasonable, sensible
    defensible, arguable, tenable, able to hold water, defendable, supportable, sustainable, warrantable, vindicable, acceptable, plausible
    lawful, legal
    explainable, understandable, forgivable, venial
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Early 16th century (in the sense ‘justiciable’): from French, from justifier to justify.