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certifiable

[sur-tuh-fahy-uh-buh l, sur-tuh-fahy-] /ˈsɜr təˌfaɪ ə bəl, ˌsɜr təˈfaɪ-/
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
1840-1850
1840-50; certify + -able
Related forms
certifiableness, noun
certifiably, adverb
uncertifiable, adjective
uncertifiably, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for certifiable

certifiable

/ˈsɜːtɪˌfaɪəbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being certified
2.
fit to be certified as insane
Derived Forms
certifiably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for certifiable
adj.

1846, from certify + -able. Meaning "so deranged as to be certifiably insane" is recorded from 1912.

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certifiable in Medicine

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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Slang definitions & phrases for certifiable

certifiable

adjective

So deranged as to be officially certified insane: her comments suggest she's certifiable (1939+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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