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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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 Hollande wanted the book to be readable, and widely read. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "François Hollande Braves the Amazon Comments Section," 30 Apr. 2018 The plot is mostly a maybe-love story, but WIRED contributor Choi renders her characters, their relationships, and how smartphones are changing human interactions in a way that is incredibly real, and readable. Wired Staff, WIRED, "12 Books You Must Read This Summer," 25 May 2018 Thus this highly readable chronicle comprises vaulting ambition, familial betrayal, moral corruption, high politics, foul murder and a beautiful queen lusting for revenge. Andrew Roberts, WSJ, "‘Richard III’ Review: The Villain Wore a Crown," 30 Apr. 2018 The point is not to polish and make what was originally spoken read as if it were written, but rather to make the verbatim transcripts of what was actually said readable in the first place. Adam Fisher, WIRED, "Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days," 10 July 2018 Ustwo has a new idea to reinvent the instrument cluster in cars, one that creates a beautiful and more immediately readable presentation. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "The 'Monument Valley' Designers Reimagine Your Car's Speedometer," 4 Mar. 2015

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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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