Simple Definition of intelligible
: able to be understood; especially : clear enough to be heard, read, etc.
Full Definition of intelligible
1 : apprehensible by the intellect only
2 : capable of being understood or comprehended <jargon intelligible only to the initiated>
Examples of intelligible
the ability to make complex concepts intelligible to the average reader
Very little of the recording was intelligible.
Origin of intelligible
Middle English, from Latin intelligibilis, from intelligere
First Known Use: 14th century
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