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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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 Alongside Keith Urban and ZZ Top member Billy Gibbons, Lambert proved her chops as a certifiable rock star, bringing the Las Vegas crowd to its feet while also rocking out with a tambourine. Michelle Profis, Country Living, "Watch Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban's Epic Jam Session at the ACM Awards," 4 Apr. 2016 Given that Wilson has backed the NBA to Seattle effort, and is the certifiable face of the city, could the Mariners really make the distance of a three-hour drive to Portland that big of a territorial stink? John Canzano, OregonLive.com, "Canzano: Major League move not only for Russell Wilson and Ciara, but for Portland," 1 June 2018 Bryan’s return to the ring is a certifiable draw for WWE, and the possibilities with Bryan—including a longer feud with Cass—can carry the company. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Five Biggest Takeaways From WWE's Backlash," 7 May 2018 The deal comes with Van Gundy running out of time to deliver some certifiable progress in the fourth season of a lucrative five-year deal to serve as Detroit’s coach and team president. Marc Stein, New York Times, "What the Blake Griffin Trade Means for the Clippers and Pistons," 30 Jan. 2018 Although both were certifiable rock stars, and both are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hillman and Petty by and large sidestepped the egotism that can accompany the degree of success both achieved. Randy Lewis, latimes.com, "Country-rock pioneer and Byrds founder Chris Hillman honors Tom Petty's legacy at the Troubadour," 24 Oct. 2017

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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