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

Definition of legible

1 : capable of being read or deciphered : plain legible handwriting
2 : capable of being discovered or understood murder sweltered in his heart and was legible upon his face— Thomas Wolfe

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Other Words from legible

legibility \ ˌle-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce legible (audio) \ noun
legibly \ ˈle-​jə-​blē How to pronounce legible (audio) \ adverb

Examples of legible in a Sentence

The document is not legible. an anxious mood that was clearly legible upon her face
Recent Examples on the Web Organizers argued the photo violated rules on press coverage because a ballot was visible, although nothing on it was legible. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, "Republic reporter kicked out of Arizona audit site after tweet about former state lawmaker tallying votes," 30 Apr. 2021 Everybody but doctors had legible writing, and most of us grew up copying the letters displayed around the walls of our classrooms. Beth Thames | Bethmthames@gmail.com, al, "Don’t let the art of note-writing fade away," 14 Apr. 2021 Peck has an eye for details and perspectives that make legible the ways in which education and, to an even greater extent, pop culture have narrowed our thinking about dark moments in history. Judy Berman, Time, "Exterminate All the Brutes," 7 Apr. 2021 All of the functions are quite legible and the dial has a harmonious, balanced composition. Kristen Shirley, Forbes, "Patek Philippe Releases Four New Nautilus Models, Including The Iconic Ref. 5711/1A," 7 Apr. 2021 Two of the dog tags found were legible still, including one on which the phone number still worked, the post said. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Alligator stomach contained 5 dog tags, bullet, spark plug and more," 12 Apr. 2021 Make sure any text is legible and concise and that your images are high quality. Namrata Ganatra, Forbes, "How To Expand Your E-Commerce Business On Walmart’s Platform," 8 Apr. 2021 Out of Pennsylvania’s 10,097 late-arriving ballots last year, an alarming 6.6% did not have legible postmarks. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Making Every Election Like 2020," 1 Mar. 2021 That should make the depths of the sea at least a little more legible to the naval commanders who are trying to plan for present peace and future war. Kelsey D. Atherton, Popular Science, "The Royal Navy’s robotic sub will be a test bench under the sea," 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of legible

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for legible

Middle English, from Late Latin legibilis, from Latin legere to read

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The first known use of legible was in the 15th century

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9 May 2021

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“Legible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legible. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of legible

: capable of being read : clear enough to be read


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

Kids Definition of legible

: clear enough to be read legible writing

Other Words from legible

legibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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