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
Recent Examples on the Web The gauges were exceptionally legible, thanks to crisp digital projections of analog instruments. Dallas News, "Nissan Rogue’s 2021 version throws down a challenge to rivals RAV4 and CR-V," 10 Oct. 2020 The gauges were exceptionally legible, thanks to crisp digital projections of analog instruments. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Nissan Rogue’s new features, performance, value ready to pressure RAV4 and CR-V," 5 Oct. 2020 Coming to understand oneself as, if not prey, at the very least a legible target for other creatures’ defensive instincts was a timeworn rite of passage. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, "Why We’re Afraid of Bats," 5 Oct. 2020 The sound and the landscape become literally entangled, indistinguishable, legible only through motion. Washington Post, "‘Soundwalk’ turns Central Park into an intoxicating musical adventure," 23 Sep. 2020 The ruling creates a potential issue this fall because sometimes mail isn't given a postmark or is given a postmark that isn't legible. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GOP appeals ruling that extended time to count Wisconsin absentee ballots," 23 Sep. 2020 The work of organizing a politically legible coalition of nonvoters is functionally the same as what’s needed for the left to win elections. Jesse A. Myerson, The New Republic, "The End of the Voter-Consumer," 2 Sep. 2020 The statues, each representing a scene or story, form a legible text that imparts warnings and encouragements. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "‘Piranesi’ Review: A Fantastic Puzzle from Susanna Clarke," 11 Sep. 2020 Recipes are easily legible through the clear material. Popular Science, "Cookbook holders that make it easier to follow your favorite recipes," 8 Sep. 2020

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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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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Legible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legible. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce legible (audio)

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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