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

Other Words from readable

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

Examples of readable in a Sentence

The travel guide is very readable.
Recent Examples on the Web The 41 mm case is wide enough to make all the functions readable but reasonably slim at 13 mm thick, thanks to the manual wound movement. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 25 May 2022 Besides efforts to make the document more readable and understandable, three sections were changed to repeal racist language. Mike Cason |, al, 24 Feb. 2022 After all, that is the only place where the content of the chats is readable. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 11 May 2022 The temporary tag in the window was torn and not readable. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 4 May 2022 There are moments when the work is overt — present and readable — and other moments where meaning is hidden, exposed in fractured layers of paint, where subtlety resides. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 And what was great for me is that the source materials are really readable and approachable texts. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Whether talent and drive can keep the two afloat in a foreign world of extreme wealth and privilege is a question that Kareem grapples with candidly throughout the book—one that is both timely and compulsively readable. Courtney Maum, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 Brown, who has previously published a history of Tetris and biographies of comedian Andy Kaufman and wrestler Andre the Giant in a similar style, is a master cartoonist and storyteller whose layouts are extremely readable. Christian Holub,, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of readable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

Kids Definition of readable

: able to be read easily


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