cer·​ti·​fi·​able | \ ˈsər-tə-ˌfī-ə-bəl How to pronounce certifiable (audio) , ˌsər-tə-ˈfī-\

Definition of certifiable

1a : capable of being certified certifiable teachers
b chiefly US : genuine, authentic a certifiable liar a certifiable movie star
2 : fit to be certified as insane : crazy downright certifiable behavior

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Other Words from certifiable

certifiably \ ˈsər-​tə-​ˌfī-​ə-​blē How to pronounce certifiably (audio) , ˌsər-​tə-​ˈfī-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for certifiable


authentic, bona fide, certified, dinkum [Australian & New Zealand], echt, genuine, honest, pukka (also pucka), real, right, sure-enough, true


bogus, counterfeit, fake, false, mock, phony (also phoney), pseudo, sham, spurious, suppositious, supposititious, unauthentic, unreal

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Examples of certifiable in a Sentence

Anyone who would run in front of a car like that is certifiable. We called in a certifiable expert on legal issues. A handful of cinema's certifiable masterpieces are in need of restoration.
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Then there’s a subcategory of people who are disturbed and running the gamut from disturbed all the way to certifiable, mentally ill, untreated schizophrenia or other illnesses. Nr Staff, National Review, "The Editors Podcast: More Mass Shootings Shake the Nation," 9 Aug. 2019 However, in the realm of communication (rather than computation), the benefits of a quantum approach are certifiable. Kevin Hartnett, WIRED, "It's Not a Myth: Quantum Messages Really Can Travel Faster," 23 Dec. 2018 However, in the realm of communication (rather than computation), the benefits of a quantum approach are certifiable. Quanta Magazine, "Milestone Experiment Proves Quantum Communication Really Is Faster," 19 Dec. 2018 After opening on April 29, the hard-hitting drama, set amid Beirut’s underclass and following a destitute 12-year-old boy who runs away from his abusive family, became a certifiable breakout sensation in the Middle Kingdom. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "What the $50 Million Success of 'Capernaum' in China Means for Arab Cinema," 15 June 2019 In reality, only a handful of stem cell treatments, using certifiable stem cells, are allowed by the Food and Drug Administration — and those all involve some version of bone marrow or blood cell transplant. Quanta Magazine, "What Defines a Stem Cell? Scientists Rethink the Answer," 4 Dec. 2018 And some on the Bib list were certifiable head-scratchers. (allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times), San Diego Union-Tribune, "What Michelin got right — and wrong," 4 June 2019 That's quite a disco ball—and definitely a certifiable wonder. Jenna Blaha, Marie Claire, "An Exclusive Sneak Peek at This Year's Waterford Crystal New Year's Eve Ball Design," 7 Dec. 2015 Image Panama scored only one certifiable goal in the tournament (its one goal in Thursday’s game was credited as a Tunisia own goal), which would have brought shame to the Brazils of the world but was celebrated as a remarkable achievement. New York Times, "From My Seat, Panama Won the World Cup," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of certifiable

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of certifiable

informal : crazy or insane
chiefly US : real or genuine

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