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 legibility (audio) \ noun
legibly \ ˈle-​jə-​blē How to pronounce legibly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of legible in a Sentence

The document is not legible. an anxious mood that was clearly legible upon her face

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The footage from the motel showed the suspect vehicle — a gold and silver Nissan Maxima — but the license plate number was not legible, detectives said. Jacob Beltran, ExpressNews.com, "Google Maps images leads police to vehicle involved in fatal hit-and-run," 21 Aug. 2019 There was also a drug cartel banner hanging on the overpass that was not entirely legible. Fox News, "19 bodies found hung, butchered in suspected Mexico gang turf war," 9 Aug. 2019 On the subject of Georges Mandel there are some good biographies, some bad biographies (one of which was written by former French president Nicolas Sarkozy), and a host of newspaper clippings on microfiche that are barely legible. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Haunting of Paris: Georges Mandel and the Long Legacy of Nazi Violence," 6 Aug. 2019 Improvements in deep learning in recent years have truly revolutionized the world of machine vision, and visual content online is often as legible to machines as text. James Vincent, The Verge, "Facebook’s image outage reveals how the company’s AI tags your photos," 3 July 2019 No one, after all, has ever accused Los Angeles of being instantly legible as a whole. Los Angeles Times, "Remembering Jonathan Gold a year after his death," 18 July 2019 How could such clean, legible music feel so utterly unknowable? Chris Richards, Washington Post, "João Gilberto sang lullabies to the future," 7 July 2019 The envelope sat behind the glass case, the ink still crisp and legible, the illustration of men working on the moon still brightly colored and unblemished by time. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Flying without a safety net: Early Apollo astronauts were not eligible for life insurance policies while in space," 4 June 2019 Today, startups trying to differentiate themselves from the pack are pushing into groovier (though still highly legible) territory. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018

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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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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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