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.

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