- mentally unstable but still at libertyMedical experts and a magistrate had at one time to certify that a mentally ill person could be involuntarily incarcerated:I won't put him in an asylum. He really and truly isn't certifiable. (M. McCarthy, 1963)See also section.
How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. R. W. Holder. 2014.
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certifiable — adj. 1. presenting symptoms of mental illness sufficient for legal commitment to a mental institution. Syn: certified. [WordNet 1.5] 2. capable of being guaranteed or certified: a certifiable fact. [WordNet 1.5] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
certifiable — index ascertainable, determinable (ascertainable) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
certifiable — 1846, from CERTIFY (Cf. certify) + ABLE (Cf. able). Meaning so deranged as to be certifiably insane is recorded from 1912 … Etymology dictionary
certifiable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ able or needing to be certified … English terms dictionary
certifiable — [sʉrt′ə fī΄ə bəl, sʉrt΄ə fī′ə bəl] adj. that can be certified certifiably [sʉr′tə fī əblē] adv … English World dictionary
certifiable — adjective Date: 1846 1. a. capable of being certified < certifiable teachers > b. genuine, authentic < a certifiable liar > < a certifiable movie star > 2. fit to be certified as insane … New Collegiate Dictionary
certifiable — cer|ti|fi|ab|le [ˈsə:tıfaıəbəl US ˌsə:rtıˈfaı ] adj 1.) informal crazy, especially in a way that is dangerous ▪ If you ask me, that man is certifiable. 2.) especially AmE definitely a particular thing ▪ The guy s a certifiable megastar. 3.)… … Dictionary of contemporary English
certifiable — adjective 1 informal crazy, especially in a way that is dangerous: If you ask me, that man is certifiable. 2 especially AmE good enough or correct enough to be officially approved: a certifiable statement | grade A certifiable beef … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
certifiable — cer|ti|fi|a|ble [ sɜrtı,faıəbl ] adjective 1. ) someone who is certifiable is officially considered to be seriously mentally ill a ) HUMOROUS behaving in a crazy unreasonable way 2. ) able to be officially accepted or approved: certifiable… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
certifiable — [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)tɪfa͟ɪ͟əb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as certifiable, you think that their behaviour is extremely unreasonable or foolish. [mainly BRIT, INFORMAL] By the time we left he must have considered that all film… … English dictionary
certifiable — UK [ˈsɜː(r)tɪˌfaɪəb(ə)l] / US [ˈsɜrtɪˌfaɪəb(ə)l] adjective 1) a) someone who is certifiable is officially considered to be seriously mentally ill b) humorous behaving in a crazy unreasonable way 2) mainly American able to be officially accepted… … English dictionary