il·​leg·​i·​ble | \ (ˌ)i(l)-ˈle-jə-bəl How to pronounce illegible (audio) \

Definition of illegible

: not legible : indecipherable illegible writing

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Other Words from illegible

illegibility \ (ˌ)i(l)-​ˌle-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce illegibility (audio) \ noun
illegibly \ (ˌ)i(l)-​ˈle-​jə-​blē How to pronounce illegibly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of illegible in a Sentence

illegible signatures on the petition will be disregarded
Recent Examples on the Web The bed is made but all the other surfaces are covered with books abandoned with overextended spines and papers with illegible handwriting. Hannah Michell,, "The problem of online dating exposed in Hannah Michell’s ‘IRL’," 6 Sep. 2020 Several of his petition circulators provided illegible, incomplete, or incorrect addresses on their statements. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Kanye West’s petition to run for president in Ohio was protested by plaintiff in Democratic voting-rights lawsuit," 28 Aug. 2020 Another challenge raises issues including illegible signatures., "Kanye West’s presidential ballot nomination papers challenged in Wisconsin," 7 Aug. 2020 About 390 absentee ballots that were returned by Milwaukee voters didn't include postmarks or had ones that were illegible or that lacked a date. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Absentee ballots didn't get counted because of late delivery, misdelivery and bad postmarks, post office says," 10 July 2020 Controversies over missing or illegible postmarks marred Wisconsin’s primary this year, and House Democrats tried to include national standards on ballot postmarking in one of the stimulus packages. Ryan Mccarthy And Maryam Jameel, ProPublica, "The Postal Service Is Steadily Getting Worse — Can It Handle a National Mail-In Election?," 15 June 2020 The most eccentric thing about Bloss, however, was his nationally renowned penmanship that was illegible to most. Cole Behrens,, "The strange life of the 19th century Enquirer editor with the worst handwriting in the country," 13 June 2020 The receipt reveals an illegible signature, but does reveal a room number. Shannon Carlin,, "R29 Binge Club: Homecoming Season 2 Recap," 26 May 2020 Then, in the days after the chaotic primary, thousands of ballots poured in with missing or illegible postmarks — an issue the court had not directly addressed. Ryan Mccarthy, ProPublica, "Whether the Ballot You Mail Is Counted May Depend on Where You Vote," 30 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of illegible

1580, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of illegible was in 1580

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10 Sep 2020

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“Illegible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of illegible

: not clear enough to read : not legible


il·​leg·​i·​ble | \ i-ˈle-jə-bəl How to pronounce illegible (audio) \

Kids Definition of illegible

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

Other Words from illegible

illegibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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