Definition of justifiable homicide in English:

justifiable homicide

noun

  • The killing of a person in circumstances that allow the act to be regarded in law as without criminal guilt.

    • ‘I would then have admitted the crime, retained myself for the defense… and entered a plea of justifiable homicide.’
    • ‘What we would classify as murder today was in some cases justifiable homicide, in others mandatory.’
    • ‘The criminal justice system instantly recognized the shooting as a justifiable homicide.’
    • ‘A plea of justifiable homicide might result awkwardly for enforcement officers.’
    • ‘Their verdict, in effect, was a ruling of justifiable homicide.’
    • ‘Consider, for example, self-defense, a form 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.’
    • ‘Indeed, it was a de facto ‘verdict’ of justifiable homicide.’
    • ‘The jury took just 20 minutes to hand in their verdict of justifiable homicide.’
    • ‘At the Coroner's Inquest a unanimous verdict of justifiable homicide was returned.’

Pronunciation:

justifiable homicide

/ˈdʒəstəˌfaɪəbəl/