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 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 The proper standard is that an officer making an investigative stop must have a reasonable and articulable suspicion of wrongdoing. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, 4 Nov. 2019 An investigatory stop is permitted when an officer has a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing based on articulable facts. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, 5 Nov. 2019 Put together, these circumstances were articulable facts that indicated that a crime may have been committed. Scott Pelley, CBS News, 17 Feb. 2019 See More

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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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The first known use of articulable was in 1796

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“Articulable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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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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