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- adj. Capable of being checked, verifiable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. That may be confirmed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of being confirmed, established, or ratified; that may be made more certain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. capable of being tested (verified or falsified) by experiment or observation
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The idea is quite different -- that one can disagree about the legitimacy and or scope of the case and still be confirmable, that is, within the mainstream.
Bogus Talking Point #3: Elizabeth Warren is not 'confirmable'
I realize that some believe that President Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court because she is "confirmable".
Yet he struck a far more moderate tone in private, with administration officials telling ... - on the very day Justice John Paul Stevens announced retirement -- that they were seeking someone "confirmable" and collegial enough to sway conservative swing Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Dodd has questioned whether Warren is "confirmable," given that many Republicans and financial industry representatives would oppose her confirmation outright.
But grudgingly confirmable, meaning Democrats may disagree strongly with his views, but they'd be in a hard position to argue with his qualifications or his credentials.
And even if Obama appointed a 'confirmable' nominee, does anybody think we're actually going to see a cap and trade or immigration bill passed this year?
There is a clear conservative majority on the court now and the recent retirement announcement by liberal Justice Stevens may bolster that because President Obama must nominate a "confirmable" (read moderate) successor in an election year.
Any webmail service will do, however, if they don’t require any kind of confirmable personally identifiable information, like another working email address or a phone number.
"confirmable," which by astounding coincidence appeared cheek by jowl with it -- it's a word formed according to an absolutely fundamental and familiar process of English coinage: adding