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colourable

justifiable on the face of it. So lawyers speak of a colourable argument, case or warrant.
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He also wants to forbid 'the use as, or as part of, the name of a business of the word Queer or any word or words colourably similar thereto'.
Where books are colourably shortened only, they are undoubtedly within the meaning of the act of Parliament, and are a mere evasion of the statute, and cannot be called an abridgment.
See, e.g., A Proclamation Against the Maintenaunce of Pirates (1569) (Queen Elizabeth I) ("And for [the pirates'] better defence to escape apprehension, do colourably pretende that they be licenced to serve on the seas, and are not to be accompted culpable as pirates.") [hereinafter Queen Elizabeth I, Proclamation Against the Maintenaunce of Pirates[ (copy on file with author); JOHN FRANKLIN JAMESON, PRIVATEERING AND PIRACY IN THE COLONIAL PERIOD: ILLUSTRATIVE DOCUMENTS ix (1923) [hereinafter JAMESON, PRIVATEERING AND PIRACY]; ALFRED P.