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[sen-sher-uh-buh l]
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  1. deserving censure or blame.
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Origin of censurable

First recorded in 1625–35; censure + -able
Related formscen·sur·a·ble·ness, cen·sur·a·bil·i·ty, nouncen·sur·a·bly, adverbnon·cen·sur·a·ble, adjectivenon·cen·sur·a·ble·ness, nounnon·cen·sur·a·bly, adverbun·cen·sur·a·ble, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Nor is there anything unusual or censurable in such an ambition.

    The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1

    John Charles Dent

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

    Tom, The Bootblack

    Horatio Alger

  • Censurable as that practice may appear, it belonged to the age of Sidney.

  • If such feelings were censurable, they had their punishment.

    Anne of Geierstein

    Walter Scott

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

British Dictionary definitions for censurable


  1. deserving censure, condemnation, or blame
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Derived Formscensurableness or censurability, nouncensurably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for censurable


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

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