legible

adjective leg·i·ble \ ˈle-jə-bəl \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

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

legibility

play \ˌle-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

legibly

play \ˈle-jə-blē\ adverb

Examples of legible in a Sentence

  1. The document is not legible.

  2. an anxious mood that was clearly legible upon her face

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Origin and Etymology of legible

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


LEGIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

legible

adjective

Definition of legible for English Language Learners

  • : capable of being read : clear enough to be read


LEGIBLE Defined for Kids

legible

adjective leg·i·ble \ ˈle-jə-bəl \

Definition of legible for Students

: clear enough to be read
  • legible writing

legibly

\-blē\ adverb


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