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[kuhl-er-uh-buh l] /ˈkʌl ər ə bəl/
capable of being colored.
seemingly valid, true, or genuine; plausible.
pretended; deceptive.
Origin of colorable
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see color, -able
Related forms
colorability, colorableness, noun
colorably, adverb
noncolorability, noun
noncolorable, adjective
noncolorableness, noun
noncolorably, adverb
precolorable, adjective
uncolorable, adjective
uncolorably, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Yet they could not dare to exercise this power except for a cause which was at least colorable in each case.

    Abraham Lincoln, Vol. II John T. Morse
  • He intended to play just enough to give a colorable reason for his presence.

    Steve Yeager William MacLeod Raine
  • Then she began to seek some colorable ground for what she had heard as she went past the screen behind which he had been working.

    The Emperor, Complete Georg Ebers
  • Now Myra and Mr. Lawanne are definite, colorable entities to me.

    The Hidden Places Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • For no colorable dede or deceytful trompery can serue the excuse of any notable wyckednesse.

    The Palace of Pleasure William Painter
  • The enclosed paper, No. 9, is the only colorable evidence of this which has come to my knowledge.

  • What colorable reason could be assigned, in a country so situated, for such vast augmentations of the military force?

    The Federalist Papers Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
  • Sports satisfy these requirements of substantial futility together with a colorable make-believe of purpose.

  • If he asks, I shall contrive to find some colorable pretext, probably that you were jealous of me!

    Letters of Two Brides Honore de Balzac

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