One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Able or liable to be confused with something else.‘convocation was by 1327 no longer confusable with parliament’
- ‘A homograph is a letter or string that is visually confusable with a different letter or string.’
- ‘According to his model for discrimination learning, such highly confusable trials should make it difficult for testing of strategies, resulting in matching.’
- ‘But with this non-transitive relation, it's possible the set of labels confusable with a submitted label is partially registered and partially available.’
- ‘They can also print out labels for farmers to earmark boxes for individual sites and distinguish potentially confusable products, and member invoices to help managers at each drop-off site assemble orders.’
- ‘The lure items are easily confusable for an item seen three previously.’
- ‘Conversely, questions with confusable alternatives remained harder than questions with less confusable alternatives even after participants were given the opportunity to change their answers.’
- ‘‘How confusable are letters and other characters?’’
- ‘In some cases, there have been requests for decisions concerning yet unpublished combinations that might be confusable with combinations already in use.’
- ‘By contrast, the plots indicate that adding a letter that was visually confusable with the d and p in the letter matrix slowed naming speed and decreased naming accuracy on the RAN task.’
- ‘I found I could learn the first 30 characters in a week, after that they were confusable, and I never learnt more than 200.’
A word or phrase that is easily confused with another in meaning or usage, such as mitigate, which is often confused with militate.
- ‘Take a special tip from the publisher and check out the ‘common confusables’ section - it is bound to be entertaining, if not enlightening.’
- ‘Certain security-sensitive applications or systems may be vulnerable due to possible misinterpretation of these confusables by their users.’
- ‘It helps out with confusables, such as infer and imply, and how their meaning is changing as a result of that confusion.’
- ‘There's also the issue of optical character recognition software which must deal with these confusables.’
- ‘The users were also responsible for some of these errors, e.g. by misreading the item in the text, especially in cases of English confusables.’
- ‘The author and illustrator have created a dynamic picture book designed to help young naturalists untangle more than 20 pairs of these confusables.’
- ‘One place to find eggcorns is in the usage dictionaries and in other inventories of ‘confusables’ (or ‘confusibles’, depending on who you read).’
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