leg·​i·​ble ˈle-jə-bəl How to pronounce legible (audio)
: capable of being read or deciphered : plain
legible handwriting
: capable of being discovered or understood
murder sweltered in his heart and was legible upon his faceThomas Wolfe
legibility noun
legibly 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Legible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legible. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


leg·​i·​ble ˈlej-ə-bəl How to pronounce legible (audio)
: capable of being read : plain
legible handwriting
legibility noun
legibly adverb

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