Definition of confusable in English:



  • Able or liable to be confused with something else.

    ‘convocation was by 1327 no longer confusable with parliament’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to his model for discrimination learning, such highly confusable trials should make it difficult for testing of strategies, resulting in matching.’
    • ‘Conversely, questions with confusable alternatives remained harder than questions with less confusable alternatives even after participants were given the opportunity to change their answers.’
    • ‘But with this non-transitive relation, it's possible the set of labels confusable with a submitted label is partially registered and partially available.’
    • ‘In some cases, there have been requests for decisions concerning yet unpublished combinations that might be confusable with combinations already in use.’
    • ‘A homograph is a letter or string that is visually confusable with a different letter or string.’
    • ‘The lure items are easily confusable for an item seen three previously.’
    • ‘I found I could learn the first 30 characters in a week, after that they were confusable, and I never learnt more than 200.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘How confusable are letters and other characters?’’


  • A word or phrase that is easily confused with another in meaning or usage, such as mitigate, which is often confused with militate.

    • ‘One place to find eggcorns is in the usage dictionaries and in other inventories of ‘confusables’ (or ‘confusibles’, depending on who you read).’
    • ‘Take a special tip from the publisher and check out the ‘common confusables’ section - it is bound to be entertaining, if not enlightening.’
    • ‘It helps out with confusables, such as infer and imply, and how their meaning is changing as a result of that confusion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Certain security-sensitive applications or systems may be vulnerable due to possible misinterpretation of these confusables by their users.’
    • ‘There's also the issue of optical character recognition software which must deal with these confusables.’