from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Appropriate for a decision by a court because of the presentation of clear legal issues in a dispute between parties with an actual stake in the outcome.
  • adjective Appropriate to adjudication by the judiciary rather than resolution by the legislative or administrative branches.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Proper to be brought before a court of justice, or to be judicially disposed of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Proper to be examined in a court of justice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective law Of or pertaining to justiciability; able to be evaluated and resolved by the courts.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin iūstitiābilis, from Medieval Latin iūstitiāre, to try, from Latin iūstitia, justice; see justice.]


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  • Tories on the website Conservative Home started joking that Ken Clarke, with his soft policy on things justiciable, is actually the Lib Dems 'sixth cabinet minister.

    Conservative conference diary Allegra Stratton 2010

  • This is about the possibility that you've raised that this may not be justiciable, which is going to be a very serious problem for our system of government if the United States Supreme Court cannot help us resolve these issues because of justiciability issues.

    CNN Transcript Jan 12, 2006 2006

  • But just as clearly, under Powell, their decision is justiciable, that is, a court can review it. - Politics & Opinion from Champaign-Urbana 2009

  • Advocate Torquil Patterson, who appeared for the two departments indicated yesterday that he did not believe the conduct of the two departments was "justiciable".

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2003

  • Taft signed treaties with France and England in 1911 which expanded the earlier agreements so as to include "justiciable" controversies even if they involved questions of vital interest and honor, but again the

    The United States Since the Civil War Charles Ramsdell Lingley

  • President Taft negotiated with England and France general treaties providing for the arbitration of disputes which were "justiciable" in character even though they might involve questions of "vital interest and national honor."

    History of the United States Mary Ritter Beard 1917

  • If the courts hold that the issue is not justiciable, and Congress continues to blatantly violate the Constitution, then several things may happen: 1.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Would “Deem & Pass” Survive Judicial Review? 2010

  • So they said basically, look we are not going to invalidate it just because the journal was not in sufficient detail. now then in dictum they say the question was non-justiciable, but you could always say that is just dictum.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Would “Deem & Pass” Survive Judicial Review? 2010

  • Which is not to say that the courts would hold the dispute justiciable – my guess is that they would still be reluctant to do so.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Would “Deem & Pass” Survive Judicial Review? 2010

  • "An actual and justiciable controversy exists between Apple and Motorola with respect to whether Apple is authorized to use Qualcomm components," Apple wrote, adding that Motorola could cause "irreparable harm" if it is not kept from filing additional lawsuits alleging Apple infringes its patents.

    Apple Sues Motorola in Latest Legal Spat Ian Sherr 2012


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