Definition of justifiable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdʒʌstɪfaɪəbl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒʌstɪfaɪəbl//
; BrE BrE//ˌdʒʌstɪˈfaɪəbl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdʒʌstɪˈfaɪəbl//
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existing or done for a good reason, and therefore acceptable synonym legitimate justifiable pride Word Originearly 16th cent. (in the sense ‘ready to be judged’): from French, from justifier ‘to justify’.Extra examples The rule is justifiable on safety grounds. We consider this action justifiable. Paying low wages is no longer justifiable. She took a justifiable pride in her son’s achievements. There were no justifiable grounds for sending him to prison. We need to address the justifiable concerns of the environmentalists.
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