intelligible

adjective in·tel·li·gi·ble \ in-ˈte-lə-jə-bəl \

Definition of intelligible

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

intelligibility

play \in-ˌte-lə-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

intelligibleness

play \in-ˈte-lə-jə-bəl-nəs\ noun

intelligibly

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of intelligible in a Sentence

  1. the ability to make complex concepts intelligible to the average reader

  2. Very little of the recording was intelligible.

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Origin and Etymology of intelligible

Middle English, from Latin intelligibilis, from intelligere


INTELLIGIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

intelligible

adjective

Definition of intelligible for English Language Learners

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


INTELLIGIBLE Defined for Kids

intelligible

adjective in·tel·li·gi·ble \ in-ˈte-lə-jə-bəl \

Definition of intelligible for Students

:possible to understand
  • Her message was barely intelligible.

intelligibly

\-blē\ adverb


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