One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Consequently, if his utterance is reasonably construable as an anti-Semitic one, he shouldn't be too severely blamed for that, or so I think anyway.’
- ‘His warm words, including a line construable as retaining the possibility of a referendum before the election, were perhaps just a sop to frustrated pro-euro people in his party, in business and on the continent.’
- ‘This would seem to be reasonable, so long as flexibility is construable as a contractual obligation (possibly through an implied term) but not if it goes beyond the scope of the contract.’
- ‘This masked man had just fired two bullets at her, an act construable as Attempted Murder, which fits that category of crimes known as ‘heinous felonies against the person.’’
- ‘In any case, I don't believe that any of the 100-odd instances of faith in the King James Version are plausibly construable as verbs.’
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