certifiable

certifiable

[sur-tuh-fahy-uh-buhl, sur-tuh-fahy-]
adjective
1.
capable of being certified.
2.
legally committable to a mental institution.
3.
Sometimes Facetious. fit or ready for an insane asylum.
4.
uncontrollable; insane: a certifiable desire.

Origin:
1840–50; certify + -able

certifiableness, noun
certifiably, adverb
uncertifiable, adjective
uncertifiably, adverb
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certifiable (ˈsɜːtɪˌfaɪəbəl)
 
adj
1.  capable of being certified
2.  fit to be certified as insane
 
certifiably
 
adv

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certifiable
1846, from certify. Meaning "so deranged as to be certifiably insane" is recorded from 1912.
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certifiable cer·ti·fi·a·ble (sûr'tə-fī'ə-bəl)
adj.

  1. That can or must be certified. Used of infectious, industrial, and other diseases that are required by law to be reported to health authorities.

  2. Relating to or being a person showing disordered behavior of sufficient gravity to justify involuntary mental hospitalization.

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