ADJ-GRADED: oft it v-link ADJ to-inf
An action, situation, emotion, or idea that is justifiable is acceptable or correct because there is a good reason for it.

The violence of the revolutionary years was justifiable on the grounds of political necessity.

...the strong and justifiable desire of the Baltic States for independence.

Derived words:
justifiably [[t]ʤʌ̱stɪfa͟ɪ͟əbli[/t]] ADV-GRADED

He was justifiably proud of his achievements.

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  • justifiable — [ ʒystifjabl ] adj. • 1787; « qui rend juste » v. 1300; de justifier 1 ♦ Qui peut être justifié. ⇒ défendable, excusable. Attitude, conduite peu justifiable. Justifiable aux yeux de qqn, devant qqn. 2 ♦ Qui peut être expliqué, motivé. Un choix… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • justifiable — jus·ti·fi·able /ˌjəs tə fī ə bəl/ adj: capable of being justified justifiable reliance Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. justifiable …   Law dictionary

  • Justifiable — Jus ti*fi a*ble, a. [Cf. F. justifiable. See {Justify}.] Capable of being justified, or shown to be just. [1913 Webster] Just are the ways of God, And justifiable to men. Milton. Syn: Defensible; vindicable; warrantable; excusable; exculpable;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • justifiable — (adj.) 1520s, from O.Fr. justifiable, from justifiier (see JUSTIFY (Cf. justify)). Earlier in same sense was justificable (mid 15c.). Related: Justifiably (mid 15c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • justifiable — [adj] reasonable, well founded acceptable, admissible, allowable, condonable, defensible, excusable, fair, fit, forgivable, lawful, legit*, legitimate, licit, logical, pardonable, probable, proper, reasonable, remissible, right, rightful, sound,… …   New thesaurus

  • justifiable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ able to be justified. DERIVATIVES justifiability noun justifiableness noun justifiably adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • justifiable — [jus′tə fī΄ə bəl, jus΄tə fī′ə bəl] adj. [Fr < justifier: see JUSTIFY] that can be justified or defended as correct justifiability n. justifiably adv …   English World dictionary

  • justifiable — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ become ▪ consider sth, think sth ▪ We consider this action justifiable. ADVERB …   Collocations dictionary

  • justifiable — jus|ti|fi|a|ble [ˈdʒʌstıfaıəbəl] adj actions, reactions, decisions etc that are justifiable are acceptable because they are done for good reasons ▪ justifiable anger economically/commercially justifiable ▪ Are these experiments morally… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • justifiable — jus|ti|fi|a|ble [ dʒʌstı,faıəbl ] adjective if something is justifiable, there is a good reason for it: Can such violence ever be justifiable? ╾ jus|ti|fi|a|bly adverb: My father was justifiably proud of his family …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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