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  1. capable of being coloured
  2. appearing to be true; plausiblea colourable excuse
  3. pretended; feignedcolourable affection
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Derived Formscolourability or colourableness, nouncolourably, adverb
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Examples from the Web for colourable

Historical Examples

  • There is not so much as a colourable pretence that any American had a hand in the matter.

    Novanglus, and Massachusettensis

    John Adams

  • He not only has no masters in the novel; he has scarcely a colourable peer.

    A Book of Prefaces

    H. L. Mencken

  • Tourists are also catered for in a native block-stamped variety, which is at least a colourable imitation of the real article.

    Across the Equator

    Thomas H. Reid

  • Day by day the men gained strength until they were colourable imitations of the original arrivals at Anzac.

  • His mode of refusing the vineyard might give some colourable pretext to the charge.