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- adv. in a justifiable manner; with justification
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a justifiable manner; so as to admit of justification or excuse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. with good reason
Garner's Modern American Usage says the word "might justifiably be treated as a skunked term," one that can't be relied upon to convey the intended meaning and is no longer of use.
I believe these people dream of the day they have an excuse to shoot people 'justifiably'.
Just like her two-decade climb up the Democratic ranks, Pelosi’s two years as House speaker have been marked by a style that might best be described as justifiably paranoid.
Tynan placed him in a drug diversion program a month later that the judge said would be "justifiably" severe.
He may eventually be granted passes to leave, but Tynan says the program will be "justifiably" severe.
"justifiably" bleed our financial system to death.
A similar question of equivalency occurs where Mr. Press justifiably praises the bravery of a Guantánamo Bay whistleblower but fails to acknowledge the potential complexities of the situation.
Several of NBC's Thursday comedies are justifiably acclaimed, though not mass appeal like in the glory days of Friends, Seinfeld and Will & Grace, and until Modern Family came along, 30 Rock finally returning this week was the awards-show darling.
The self-described "actress who sings" fell in love, got married and justifiably shifted focus towards fulfillment in her personal life.
But Smith Commons could soon become one of the most popular stops on the H Street strip, and justifiably so.
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