read·​able | \ˈrē-də-bəl \

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 \ noun
readableness \ˈrē-​də-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
readably \ˈrē-​də-​blē \ adverb

Examples of readable in a Sentence

The travel guide is very readable.

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Highly readable, fun to share, Grump is the perfect book to kick off a summer of reading. The Christian Science Monitor, "4 delightful new books for middle-grade readers," 7 June 2018 In this erratic but compulsively readable debut, the manipulations extend to the reader as well. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction Books: Tapped Into a Kind of Magic," 25 Oct. 2018 Its machine-learning system, called Rosetta, is designed to help identify text in more than a billion images and videos daily, and then transcribe the words in a way that’s machine-readable. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: New iPhones and more: It’s Apple launch day," 12 Sep. 2018 Hopefully the show is able to translate what makes Ferrante’s voice so special and eminently readable. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: The Predator, True Detective, and more," 1 Sep. 2018 Auletta has produced a book that is insightful and highly readable. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "10 best books of June: the Monitor's picks," 14 June 2018 In short, crisply readable chapters, Greenblatt limns a bagful of Shakespeare’s tyrants. Alex Beam,, "Stephen Greenblatt’s ‘Tyrant’ joins this year’s crop of hate reads," 2 May 2018 One of the only readable books in your isolated space pod is a copy of The New Pharaohs. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Prey: Mooncrash’s dystopic nightmare hits a little too close to home," 28 June 2018 The cyberattack looked for administrative credentials left readable on a server or other machine, then used them to bore deeper into a corporate network. Adam Janofsky, WSJ, "One Year After NotPetya Cyberattack, Firms Wrestle With Recovery Costs," 27 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of readable

: able to be read easily

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