justifiable justifiable  /ˈdʒə stə ˌfaɪ ə bəl/


  • (adj) capable of being justified


  1. In these cases, taking risks is justifiable and even necessary if the church is to remain faithful, in multiformity, to her essence, being the people of God on the march.
  2. But to animal rights activists, feeding the hungry with animals killed for sport is not a justifiable end.
  3. It is not justifiable to kill anyone who is innocent.


  1. Narrow focus

    Focusing attention on science, technology, engineering and math is a justifiable way to, as some Utah legislators like to say, meet the needs of business and industry for well-trained employees.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

  2. Letter: Be better sports

    J.B. Holmes, Naples: In the June Collier County School Board meeting, the after-school program for elementary schoolchildren was publicly discussed with justifiable emotion on the part of impacted parents.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Naples Daily News


  1. "The point is, oil companies have got to be more participatory in alternate energy, in sharing their profits in a variety of ways, and there is very strong and justifiable emotion about their profits," McCain said.
    on Jun 11, 2008 By: John McCain Source: Newsweek

  2. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday before the president's speech that Obama should not use "the justifiable public outrage over an explosion that killed 11 people and the oil spill that followed as a tool for pushing a...
    on Jun 15, 2010 By: Mitch McConnell Source: The Associated Press

  3. "Spain won with merit," said Queiroz. "But I would also like to underscore the fact that Portugal played with a great degree of dignity and ambition and I believe the fans have justifiable reason to be proud of the way the team has played."
    on Jun 29, 2010 By: Carlos Queiroz Source: AFP

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