col·​or·​able | \ ˈkə-lə-rə-bəl How to pronounce colorable (audio) , -lər-ə-, ˈkəl-rə- \

Definition of colorable

1 : seemingly valid or genuine a colorable claim in law
2 : intended to deceive : counterfeit colorable and false pretenses

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colorably \ ˈkə-​lə-​rə-​blē How to pronounce colorably (audio) , -​lər-​ə-​ , ˈkəl-​rə-​ \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web Would Miranda have had a colorable defense premised on using unprotectable historical facts? Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hamilton' Producer Fights Copyright Claims to Alexander Hamilton’s Life," 23 Sep. 2019 The inspector general’s job is to ensure that colorable allegations of misconduct against Justice Department officials (including FBI officials) are thoroughly examined, so that all of the relevant facts are uncovered. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The DOJ Will Not Prosecute James Comey over Trump Memos," 3 Aug. 2019 The problem is easy to understand and start working on, and there is a clear measure of success: lowering the number of vertices in a non-four-colorable graph. Evelyn Lamb, WIRED, "An Anti-Aging Pundit Solves a Decades-Old Math Problem," 30 Apr. 2018 Frum might have had a colorable case that journalism’s role in a free society is so important that the occasional falsehood, whatever its provenance, must be tolerated. Varad Mehta, National Review, "A Faulty Restart," 15 Dec. 2017 One can make the colorable claim that credibility matters little in a movie in which Vin Diesel drives a flaming car backwards through the middle of a city and an orange Lamborghini is chased across a Russian ice floe by a submarine. Sam Adams, Slate Magazine, "The Fate of the Furious," 13 Apr. 2017 The adverse events at Alere are enough to make a colorable claim for a MAC, certainly. Steven Davidoff Solomon, New York Times, "In Abbott’s Bid to Halt Purchase of Alere, the MAC Makes a Comeback," 7 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of colorable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for colorable

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, from colurer "to color entry 2, give the appearance (of), cover up" + -able -able

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“Colorable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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Legal Definition of colorable

: having an appearance of truth, validity, or right if a colorable claim — or better — can be pleaded— D. F. Kolb and M. P. Carroll

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colorably adverb

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