ar·​tic·​u·​la·​ble | \ är-ˈti-kyə-lə-bəl How to pronounce articulable (audio) \

Definition of articulable

: capable of being articulated

Examples of articulable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The proper standard is that an officer making an investigative stop must have a reasonable and articulable suspicion of wrongdoing. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The class issue embedded in a SCOTUS case about cops and traffic stops," 4 Nov. 2019 An investigatory stop is permitted when an officer has a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing based on articulable facts. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "US Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch apparently has a sense of humor," 5 Nov. 2019 Put together, these circumstances were articulable facts that indicated that a crime may have been committed. Scott Pelley, CBS News, "Andrew McCabe: The full 60 Minutes interview," 17 Feb. 2019 There have to be, according to FBI guidelines, specific articulable facts of a potential crime. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway: CNN's bombshell report is just a bomb," 29 Aug. 2018 Officer Hummons had no articulable facts to believe that Horton was carrying a firearm without a valid FOID card. Mark Joseph Stern, Slate Magazine, "The Second Amendment vs. the Fourth Amendment," 7 Apr. 2017 The time has come to change that and define an easily articulable rule: if an officer is instructing a suspect to have a seat in a police vehicle, then Miranda warnings are required. Cory Shaffer,, "Ohio Supreme Court says cops can question some suspects without reading rights," 19 July 2017

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First Known Use of articulable

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for articulable

articul(ate) entry 2 + -able

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“Articulable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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ar·​tic·​u·​la·​ble | \ är-ˈti-kyə-lə-bəl How to pronounce articulable (audio) \

Legal Definition of articulable

: capable of being expressed, explained, or justified police had observed drug sale and stopped defendant on articulable reasonable suspicion that he was dealing drugsNational Law Journal

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