lawful killing, as in self-defence or to prevent a crime
[juhs-tuh-fahy-uh-buh l, juhs-tuh-fahy-] /ˈdʒʌs təˌfaɪ ə bəl, ˌdʒʌs təˈfaɪ-/ adjective 1. capable of being ; that can be shown to be or can be defended as being just, right, or warranted; defensible: justifiable homicide. /ˈdʒʌstɪˌfaɪəbəl/ adjective 1. capable of being justified; understandable adj. 1520s, from Old French justifiable, from justifiier (see justify). Earlier in same […]
[juhs-tuh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌdʒʌs tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/ noun 1. a reason, fact, circumstance, or explanation that or defends: His insulting you was ample justification for you to leave the party. 2. an act of : The painter’s justification of his failure to finish on time didn’t impress me. 3. the state of being . 4. Also […]
noun, Theology. 1. the belief that a person becomes just before God by the performance of good works: the doctrine against which Luther protested in inaugurating the Protestant Reformation.
[juh-stif-i-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, juhs-tuh-fi-key-tuh-ree] /dʒʌˈstɪf ɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈdʒʌs tə fɪˌkeɪ tə ri/ adjective 1. serving to ; providing justification. /ˈdʒʌstɪfɪˌkeɪtərɪ; -trɪ/ adjective 1. serving as justification or capable of justifying; vindicatory