ar·​tic·​u·​la·​ble är-ˈti-kyə-lə-bəl How to pronounce articulable (audio)
: capable of being articulated

Examples of articulable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The government has presented no articulable facts to support these assertions. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 27 Apr. 2023 The standard for initiating a criminal investigation is a modest one, requiring only articulable facts reasonably indicating a crime has occurred; at this point, more than enough evidence of each of these crimes has been publicly revealed to justify a full federal investigation. Jennifer Rodgers, CNN, 8 Oct. 2021 Target licensees are often skeptical when a licensing program lacks an articulable rationale for a demand. John Quinn, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2023 This constitutes a specifically articulable threat. Christine Pelisek,, 6 Apr. 2022 From alternative energy to housing, there's a readily-articulable and substantively important deregulatory agenda that is not unfriendly to Republican interest groups and is responsive to the most important issues in voters' minds. Noah Millman, The Week, 18 Mar. 2022 But the Supreme Court in a 1976 decision gave the agency broad authority to select cars for inspection at checkpoints without any articulable reason. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Nov. 2021 Losing some of that music has felt like severing lines of communication with versions of my former self, in the sense that hearing even a snippet of an old song can conjure up a first kiss, a first drive, or less articulable memories of inner life. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 19 July 2021 As for the Toledo shooting, Grace said Stillman had reasonable articulable suspicion or probable cause to chase Toledo after a ShotSpotter device detected gunshots in the area. Annie Sweeney,, 29 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of articulable was in 1796

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“Articulable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition


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