Definition of justifiable in English:

justifiable

adjective

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

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

Early 16th century (in the sense ‘justiciable’): from French, from justifier ‘to justify’.

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