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legible

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adjective leg·i·ble \ˈle-jə-bəl\

Simple Definition of legible

  • : capable of being read : clear enough to be read

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of legible

  1. 1 :  capable of being read or deciphered :  plain <legible handwriting>

  2. 2 :  capable of being discovered or understood

legibility

play \ˌle-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

legibly

play \ˈle-jə-blē\ adverb

Examples of legible in a sentence

  1. The document is not legible.

  2. <an anxious mood that was clearly legible upon her face>



Origin and Etymology of legible

Middle English, from Late Latin legibilis, from Latin legere to read


First Known Use: 14th century


LEGIBLE Defined for Kids

legible

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adjective leg·i·ble \ˈle-jə-bəl\

Definition of legible for Students

  1. :  clear enough to be read <legible writing>

legibly

\-blē\ adverb




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