illegible

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adjective il·leg·i·ble \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈle-jə-bəl\

Definition of illegible

  1. :  not legible :  indecipherable <illegible writing>

illegibility

play \-ˌle-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

illegibly

play \-ˈle-jə-blē\ adverb

Examples of illegible in a sentence

  1. <illegible signatures on the petition will be disregarded>

1580

First Known Use of illegible

1580


ILLEGIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

illegible

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adjective il·leg·i·ble \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈle-jə-bəl\

Definition of illegible for English Language Learners

  • : not clear enough to read : not legible


ILLEGIBLE Defined for Kids

illegible

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adjective il·leg·i·ble \i-ˈle-jə-bəl\

Definition of illegible for Students

  1. :  impossible or very hard to read <His handwriting is illegible.>

illegibly

\-blē\ adverb


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