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[sur-tuh-fahy-uh-buh l, sur-tuh-fahy-]
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  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.
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Origin of certifiable

First recorded in 1840–50; certify + -able
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
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  • The husband, though in a state of acute nervous disorder, is not certifiable.


    Horace Barnett Samuel

  • Short of cases of certifiable insanity there are a number of prisoners who are mentally defective.

British Dictionary definitions for certifiable


  1. capable of being certified
  2. fit to be certified as insane
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Derived Formscertifiably, adverb
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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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

certifiable in Medicine


  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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