intelligible

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

Definition of intelligible

  1. 1 :  apprehensible by the intellect only

  2. 2 :  capable of being understood or comprehended <jargon intelligible only to the initiated>

intelligibility

play \-ˌte-lə-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

intelligibleness

play \-ˈte-lə-jə-bəl-nəs\ noun

intelligibly

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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.

Origin and Etymology of intelligible

Middle English, from Latin intelligibilis, from intelligere


First Known Use: 14th century


INTELLIGIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

intelligible

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

Definition of intelligible for English Language Learners

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


INTELLIGIBLE Defined for Kids

intelligible

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

Definition of intelligible for Students

  1. :  possible to understand <Her message was barely intelligible.>

intelligibly

\-blē\ adverb


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