intelligible

adjective
in·​tel·​li·​gi·​ble | \ in-ˈte-lə-jə-bəl How to pronounce intelligible (audio) \

Definition of intelligible

1 : capable of being understood or comprehended jargon intelligible only to the initiated
2 : apprehensible by the intellect only

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Other Words from intelligible

intelligibility \ in-​ˌte-​lə-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce intelligibility (audio) \ noun
intelligibleness \ in-​ˈte-​lə-​jə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce intelligibleness (audio) \ noun
intelligibly \ in-​ˈte-​lə-​jə-​blē How to pronounce intelligibly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of intelligible in a Sentence

the ability to make complex concepts intelligible to the average reader Very little of the recording was intelligible.
Recent Examples on the Web Matt Furie may have an intelligible arc from apathy to upset to pseudo triumph, but Pepe? Pepe’s all over the place. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Pepe the Frog Foretold the Fraught World of Modern Memes," 27 Jan. 2020 Its pedagogy suggests how the past might be reframed and made intelligible. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "Reginald Dwayne Betts’s Poetry After Prison," 7 Oct. 2019 At 70 decibels, only half of speech is intelligible. Joyce Cohen, Washington Post, "For those with hearing impairments, restaurant noise isn’t just an irritation. It’s discrimination.," 17 June 2019 In fact, much of the message’s first minute is difficult to comprehend, in part because the voice of the other man in the conversation is muffled and barely intelligible. Rich Schapiro, NBC News, "Rudy Giuliani butt-dials NBC reporter, heard discussing need for cash and trashing Bidens," 25 Oct. 2019 At 70 decibels, only half of speech is intelligible. Joyce Cohen, Washington Post, "For those with hearing impairments, restaurant noise isn’t just an irritation. It’s discrimination.," 17 June 2019 At 70 decibels, only half of speech is intelligible. Joyce Cohen, Washington Post, "For those with hearing impairments, restaurant noise isn’t just an irritation. It’s discrimination.," 17 June 2019 At 70 decibels, only half of speech is intelligible. Joyce Cohen, Washington Post, "For those with hearing impairments, restaurant noise isn’t just an irritation. It’s discrimination.," 17 June 2019 Now anyone who could read and count had a neat, perfectly intelligible blank bracket to fill out. New York Times, "Ten March Madness Myths About Your N.C.A.A. Bracket," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of intelligible

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for intelligible

Middle English, from Latin intelligibilis, from intelligere

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“Intelligible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intelligibility?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=i&file=intell22. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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intelligible

adjective
How to pronounce intelligible (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of intelligible

: able to be understood especially : clear enough to be heard, read, etc.

intelligible

adjective
in·​tel·​li·​gi·​ble | \ in-ˈte-lə-jə-bəl How to pronounce intelligible (audio) \

Kids Definition of intelligible

: possible to understand Her message was barely intelligible.

Other Words from intelligible

intelligibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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