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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The Kindle Paperwhite has a 6-inch, 300-ppi touchscreen E Ink display that's readable in direct sunlight, without a glare. Elena Nicolaou,, "The Best Prime Day Deals For Book Lovers," 15 July 2019 What makes Arctic adventure narratives so readable are their depictions of people pushed to the extremes, facing likely death, and how ordinary and extraordinary individuals respond in such moments. Colin Dickey, The New Republic, "The Secrets in Greenland’s Ice," 11 July 2019 The language, clearly readable on lips, that would melt paint. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Whiff of sexism surrounds critiques of U.S. women’s soccer," 5 July 2019 Gorgeous sentences and thoughtful summaries of thousands of years of culture through objects make his catalog still one of the most satisfying and readable texts about human art produced by the DMFA or the DMA. Dallas News, "Appreciating John Lunsford, key in spurring Dallas Museum of Art's global reach," 3 July 2019 Electronic billboards to display warning messages readable in both traffic directions. Andrew Nicla, azcentral, "This is how the state plans to keep drivers safe in dust storms on Arizona roads," 23 May 2019 In this case that would be a readable, accessible, and complete account of the June 4 massacre. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "China’s ‘Black Week-end’," 17 June 2019 Centuries of domestication have radically reshaped a dog’s eyebrow anatomy, making their faces—and emotions—easily readable to people. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "‘Puppy dog eyes’ evolved so dogs could communicate with us," 17 June 2019 Then choose a readable typeface that suits your style: pretty or playful, edgy or elegant, casual or corporate. Marni Jameson,, "A stationery wardrobe helps your home say hello," 12 June 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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