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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


justifiable +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)


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  • 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.

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  • The self-described "actress who sings" fell in love, got married and justifiably shifted focus towards fulfillment in her personal life.

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