Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    That which has or gives color. That which is in appearance only, and not in reallty, what it purports to be.
    —Colorable alteration. One which makes no real or substantial change, but is introduced only as a subterfuge or means of evading the patent or copyright law.
    —Colorable imitation. In the law of trade-marks, this phrase denotes such a close or ingenious imitation as to be calculated to deceive ordinary persons.
    — Colorable pleading. The practice of giving color in pleading.