KARL E. PEACE, PH.D.
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To the editor: For sometime I have argued that the term evaluatable more appropriately describes the process of deciding whether data are to be included in efficacy analyses than does the term evaluable. Neither word is found in modern dictionaries. The root for the former term is evaluate. The root for the latter term must be evalue. Evalue is not to be found in modern dictionaries nor in any of the older ones in which I have looked. However, evaluate is found. Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary (1) gives "to determine the significance or worth of . . . by careful
PEACE KE. Evaluatable, Not Evaluable. Ann Intern Med. 1984;101:573. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-4-573_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(4):573.
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