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

Definition of readable

: able to be read easily: such as
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Its cover was indistinguishable from the starkest of corporate reports, large chunks throughout were redacted, and the prose that was readable carried all the warmth of an Apple licensing agreement. Christopher Borrelli,, "The 10 best books of 2019," 26 Nov. 2019 That makes sense — but our data should be readable by us, too. New York Times, "Google’s File on Me Was Huge. Here’s Why It Wasn’t as Creepy as My Facebook Data.," 16 May 2018 Breaking the code down into well-organized, individually executable steps—and interspersing Markdown language that wraps it into an attractive, readable framework—offers an excellent introduction into new types of code. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Cloudy with a chance of neurons: The tools that make neural networks work," 9 Dec. 2019 The result is a highly readable and unified collection of texts that have something to say to lawyers, law students, and laypeople on the left and right alike. Sherif Girgis, National Review, "Neil Gorsuch’s Judicial Humility," 5 Dec. 2019 But this is still one of the most useful and readable accounts of Trump’s early career in business. Washington Post, "Trump’s legal strategy: If you can’t beat the case, beat the system," 22 Nov. 2019 And please take a moment to read the cover story for the July issue of Fortune, a highly readable account by Aric Jenkins about what has gone wrong—and what may yet go right—with virtual reality. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency and Its Generational Divide — Data Sheet," 20 June 2019 Some participants strike out for a classic narrative—a cohesive, human-readable tale—hard-coding formal structures into their programs. Wired, "Text-Savvy AI Is Here to Write Fiction," 23 Nov. 2019 The individual article pages, meanwhile, have also been redesigned to be cleaner and more readable. The Economist, "The Economist’s new website," 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of readable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jan 2020

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“Readable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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