read·​able | \ ˈrē-də-bəl How to pronounce readable (audio) \

Definition of readable

: able to be read easily: such as
a : legible
b : interesting to read a highly readable novel

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Other Words from readable

readability \ ˌrē-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce readability (audio) \ noun
readableness \ ˈrē-​də-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce readableness (audio) \ noun
readably \ ˈrē-​də-​blē How to pronounce readably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of readable in a Sentence

The travel guide is very readable.

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All of this has much to do with the mag’s editor, Randy Kennedy, a former arts reporter for the New York Times who knows how to balance smart and readable — and who also knows how to do things like write a western and put away piles of tacos. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Arts: How Ernie Barnes’ painting of a jubilant nightclub became a museum draw," 31 Aug. 2019 Unlike in Blackboard's software, those passwords were stored unencrypted, in fully readable form. Wired, "This Teen Hacker Found Bugs in School Software That Affects Millions," 9 Aug. 2019 The first four include analog, nano-scale etchings of 60,000 pages worth of information readable using various powers of microscopes. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A Crashed Spacecraft Might Have Put Earth’s Most Indestructible Organisms on the Moon," 8 Aug. 2019 Ms Maher has done so in an old-fashioned way: with a carefully researched, elegantly written and very readable book. The Economist, "The life and death of a Pakistani social-media star," 4 July 2019 The result is a portrait of Castro through the triumph of the Cuban revolution in 1959 that is measured and occasionally indulgent, meticulous and readable at the same time. Michael J. Bustamante, Washington Post, "Portrait of a young Castro, drawn from his personal archive," 5 July 2019 The scrolls’ unique state of preservation is due to the hot gases of Vesuvius, which carbonized the scrolls’ exterior but left many of them readable inside. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "Preserved by a Fiery Disaster," 21 June 2019 Its audit report lists several easily readable and footnoted claims about the site, including the claim that your email address is kept totally private — even from the site’s operators. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Openly Operated wants to make privacy policies actually mean something," 18 June 2019 The writing, in a highly readable translation by Damion Searls, is lucid and direct. Jed Perl, The New York Review of Books, "A Master of Mute Forms," 7 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of readable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of readable

: easy and enjoyable to read
: clear and easy to read


read·​able | \ ˈrē-də-bəl How to pronounce readable (audio) \

Kids Definition of readable

: able to be read easily

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