[sur-tuh-fahy-uh-buh l, sur-tuh-fahy-]
legally committable to a mental institution.
Sometimes Facetious. fit or ready for an insane asylum.
uncontrollable; insane: a certifiable desire.
Origin of certifiable
Related formscer·ti·fi·a·ble·ness, nouncer·ti·fi·a·bly, adverbun·cer·ti·fi·a·ble, adjectiveun·cer·ti·fi·a·bly, adverb
First recorded in 1840–50; certify
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Related Words for certifiableinsane
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Contemporary Examples of certifiable
This is a certifiable situation in our collective nervous lap, and the time is now for.
A 100 percent certifiable truth for sure—at least until the next study.
Unless you count the certifiable outlier, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin is the only one they have left.
Historical Examples of certifiable
The husband, though in a state of acute nervous disorder, is not certifiable.
Short of cases of certifiable insanity there are a number of prisoners who are mentally defective.
British Dictionary definitions for certifiable
Derived Formscertifiably, adverb
capable of being certified
fit to be certified as insane
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Word Origin and History for certifiable
1846, from certify + -able. Meaning "so deranged as to be certifiably insane" is recorded from 1912.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
That can or must be certified. Used of infectious, industrial, and other diseases that are required by law to be reported to health authorities.
Relating to or being a person showing disordered behavior of sufficient gravity to justify involuntary mental hospitalization.
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