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 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 For now, the proposal calls for the price to be written in a type size that is legible to television-watchers and would not require the price to be said aloud. Carolyn Y. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Drugmakers may have to disclose prices of medicine in television ads," 15 Oct. 2018 Both Vox and The Power aim to make contemporary gender politics legible and damnable — albeit by taking opposing approaches — and their success is mixed. Constance Grady, Vox, "How 3 feminist dystopias are trying to update The Handmaid’s Tale for today," 29 Aug. 2018 And not only signatures but specifically legible signatures. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Why are we still signing credit card receipts?," 5 Dec. 2018 According to the proposal, TV commercials would have to state in legible type the list price set by the manufacturer for all drugs costing more than $35 per month or for a standard course of treatment, such as for an antibiotic. Linda A. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "US wants drug prices in TV ads: ‘Patients deserve to know’," 16 Oct. 2018 First, and most noticeably, Meghan has cleaned up her signature considerably, taking it from celebrity autography scribble to perfectly legible royal scrawl. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Has Stopped Signing Her Last Name Since Marrying Prince Harry," 6 Oct. 2018 The Los Angeles label wasn't just paying lip service to a spirit of art punk–meets–wild child; the message was legible right on models' mouths, where the makeup artist Kanako Takase was creating her own freeform painting study. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "These Marbleized Lips at Eckhaus Latta Are About to Become an Art-Punk Beauty Obsession," 8 Sep. 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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