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[sen-sher-uh-buh l] /ˈsɛn ʃər ə bəl/
deserving censure or blame.
Origin of censurable
1625-35; censure + -able
Related forms
censurableness, censurability, noun
censurably, adverb
noncensurable, adjective
noncensurableness, noun
noncensurably, adverb
uncensurable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for censurable
Historical Examples
  • This fraud constitutes by far the most censurable offence committed by unprincipled brewers.

    The Seven Curses of London James Greenwood
  • censurable as that practice may appear, it belonged to the age of Sidney.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • If she were poor and friendless, it would not be half so censurable.

    Cora and The Doctor Harriette Newell Baker
  • If such feelings were censurable, they had their punishment.

    Anne of Geierstein Walter Scott
  • An example laudable at Wittenberg could not be censurable in London by those who held Luther excused.

  • The one will accuse it of excessive strictness; the other of censurable levity.

  • He was not as censurable as he would have been had he not possessed these bad tendencies.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • If a particular truth may be of any service to the state, your silence is censurable.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • Describing the habits and vices of the lover as disagreeable and censurable, with the sneer of the lip, and the stamp of the foot.

  • But Annie had so much manner, such a pleasant, assured voice, that somehow Norma never found it censurable in her.

    The Beloved Woman Kathleen Norris
British Dictionary definitions for censurable


deserving censure, condemnation, or blame
Derived Forms
censurableness, censurability, noun
censurably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for censurable

1630s, from censure + -able. Related: Censurability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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