Definition of colourable in English:


(US colorable)


  • 1Capable of being coloured.

    ‘colourable illustrations’
    • ‘My daughter would like to download colorable seal pictures.’
    • ‘Best of all, the puzzles are accompanied by large, colorable pictures so children can have even more fun while they build word skills.’
    • ‘Our colorable package will generate imagination and creativity while allowing kids to personalize their own cereal boxes.’
    credible, reasonable, believable, likely, feasible, probable, tenable, possible, conceivable, imaginable, within the bounds of possibility, convincing, persuasive, cogent, sound, rational, logical, acceptable, thinkable
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  • 2Appearing to be correct or justified, but in fact not so.

    ‘a colourable legal claim’
    • ‘The attorney for a patient considering a lawsuit will first examine the relevant medical record to determine whether a colorable or legally supportable basis exists for beginning a lawsuit.’
    • ‘Indeed, Kosovo and East Timor may have been easier cases, because each had a colorable claim to self-determination and a local population that overwhelmingly favored intervention.’
    • ‘Whether you would have won or whether you wouldn't have won, I don't know, but clearly you had a colorable lawsuit to challenge that election on a couple of different grounds.’
    • ‘But there are colorable conservative arguments for opposing a constitutional amendment and for opposing federalizing the issue.’
    • ‘Second, there is at least a colorable argument - if, I think in the end, an unpersuasive one - that the surveillance was authorized by the Authorization to Use Miltary Force.’
    • ‘Now equipped with a fair understanding of the complaint and a preliminary view of the kind of evidence available in support, the general secretary determines whether there is a colorable case to deal with.’
    • ‘Listening to you develop that argument in the High Court would provide a good opportunity for working out whether the claim was colourable.’
    • ‘I just don't think you can make a colorable argument to support that point.’
    • ‘A colorable claim is something that may not be legitimate but merely appears to have legitimacy.’
    • ‘Fortunately, for the advocates of both schools of thought, the brief text contains sufficient ambiguity to support a colorable claim for either position.’
    • ‘Indeed, the threat to ‘public health’ by drunken drivers is more immediate and colorable than the threat posed by secondhand smoke.’
    • ‘I think there are colorable arguments within this article for why he should or should not be considered a prisoner of war.’
    • ‘Obviously, if these procedures are sufficient for American citizens, they are more than enough for foreign detainees who have no colorable claim to due process rights.’
    • ‘I've made it clear that if there are any colorable allegations of improper funding we will investigate those.’
    • ‘The shield is nowhere near as strong as the attorney's, and third parties with a colorable need for the information will be able to compel accountants to produce it.’
    • ‘I'm not yet sure whether I agree with this argument, but it is a colorable one.’
    • ‘There is not even a colorable argument, that she somehow waived her parental rights, or that she otherwise knowingly carried a child who could be claimed by other people.’
    • ‘There is no colorable reading of the convention under which it would apply to those individuals, as several federal courts have held.’
    • ‘They failed to bring charges against the organization, even when there was a colorable argument.’
    • ‘In other words, the choice may not be simply between a bona fide claim and a colourable claim, for example.’
    1. 2.1 Counterfeit.
      • ‘In accordance with Dickson's analysis in Rio, I must first classify the legislation either as a valid provincial Act or a colourable attempt to legislate on matters restricted to Parliament.’
      • ‘it was a device which would enable every unrecognised state to circumvent the fundamental principles of our law and, as such, would be contrary to public policy, being ‘a colourable device’.’
      • ‘Accordingly, the Panel holds that the changing of the spelling of the name is a colourable device and subterfuge, created to entice the user into the Respondent’s website for the purposes of making money.’
      • ‘He thought this was colourable, something invented after the event in order to give an excuse for not taking a man back who has been the subject of a reinstatement order.’