justifiability


adjective

  1. capable of being justified; that can be shown to be or can be defended as being just, right, or warranted; defensible: justifiable homicide.

adjective

  1. capable of being justified; understandable
n.

1835, from justifiable + -ity.

adj.

1520s, from Old French justifiable, from justifiier (see justify). Earlier in same sense was justificable (mid-15c.). Related: Justifiably (mid-15c.).

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