certifiable

[ sur-tuh-fahy-uh-buh l, sur-tuh-fahy- ]
/ ˈsɜr təˌfaɪ ə bəl, ˌsɜr təˈfaɪ- /

adjective

capable of being certified.
legally committable to a mental institution.
Sometimes Facetious. fit or ready for an insane asylum.
uncontrollable; insane: a certifiable desire.

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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British Dictionary definitions for certifiably

certifiable

/ (ˈsɜːtɪˌfaɪəbəl) /

adjective

capable of being certified
fit to be certified as insane
Derived Formscertifiably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for certifiably

certifiable


adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for certifiably

certifiable

[ sûr′tə-fīə-bəl ]

adj.

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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