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  • adj. Colourful.
  • adj. Apparently true; specious; potentially justifiable.
  • adj. Deceptive; fake, misleading.
  • adj. That can be coloured.


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From colour +‎ -able.


  • Queen's Majesty is not pleased that I should molest her Highness with any more of my colourable letters, which, although they be termed colourable, yet not offending the Queen's Majesty, I must say for myself that it was the plain truth, even as I desire to be saved afore

    Studies from Court and Cloister: being essays, historical and literary dealing mainly with subjects relating to the XVIth and XVIIth centuries

  • This authority is called colourable, and the officer in such cases is said to be an officer de facto; which intends an intermediate state between an exercise strictly lawful and one without such colour of right.

    Memoirs of Aaron Burr

  • When, at length, they became really earnest in pressing President Krüger to grant a "colourable" measure of franchise reform -- to use Mr. Merriman's adjective -- it was for their own sake, and not for England's, that they worked.

    Lord Milner's Work in South Africa From its Commencement in 1897 to the Peace of Vereeniging in 1902

  • The students had also alleged that denying them their hall tickets was a "colourable" exercise of power by the principal, Dr Marie Fernandes, for which they tendered an unconditional apology to her before the court.


  • No longer is there even any colourable claim (weak though it may be) that the preznit needs candid advice (and the supposition that he'd get better advice if no one else is looking too closely at it; the contrary is probably more accurate, that if the advice offered is to be the best possible, it ought to withstand the scrutiny of multiple eyes).


  • From our previous colouring constraints (joined points are not both white and a triangle has exactly one white point) we see immediately that is colourable only if the outermost points are not both white (which would require, as shown in Fig. 3, that two joined points are white - contrary to the constraints).

    The Kochen-Specker Theorem

  • In DCK there are no interlocking triples, the question of contextuality does not arise and DCK trivially is KS colourable.

    The Kochen-Specker Theorem

  • Athenian origin, to punish the Mede, the Athenians accused some of failure in military service, some of fighting against each other, and others, as the case might be, upon any colourable pretext that could be found, until they thus subdued them all.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Reynard being thus embraced for Madam Agnesiaes Gossip, and this proving the onely colourable meanes, for his safer permission of speech with her, to let her now understand by word of mouth, what long before she collected by his lookes and behaviour: it fell out no way beneficiall to him, albeit Agnesia seemed not nice or scrupulous in hearing, yet she had a more precious care of her honor.

    The Decameron

  • Sir tell me not of the father; I do fear colourable colours.

    Love’s Labour ’s Lost


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