read·​able ˈrē-də-bəl How to pronounce readable (audio)
: able to be read easily: such as
: interesting to read
a highly readable novel
readability noun
readableness noun
readably adverb

Examples of readable in a Sentence

The travel guide is very readable.
Recent Examples on the Web There must be a vehicle in front of your car, reasonable road conditions with readable markings and lines, and clear weather and light conditions. Daniel Golson, The Verge, 27 Sep. 2023 In an eminently readable account, the authors argue for a wholly new approach consisting of genuinely universal, free, basic care overlaid with the option to buy fancier supplemental care: to provide, in short, adequate treatment for all if not complete equality. Foreign Affairs, 24 Oct. 2023 All this information gathered up by the alert navigator and subtly interpreted made the ocean a friendly and readable book. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 Timex Women’s 25mm Easy Reader Made with a gold-tone 25mm brass case with mineral glass crystal, Timex Women’s Easy Reader — which is on sale for $31, or 15 percent off its list price — lives up to its name with its very readable watch face with the date displayed in window instead of 3 o’clock. Rudie Obias, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Oct. 2023 Houseman’s book itself, published by Princeton University Press, is a superb example of a scholarly biography, highly readable, with a helpful chronology at the front and more than a hundred pages of notes and bibliography at the back. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, 12 Oct. 2023 The news that a first Greek word has been recovered and that entire scrolls are potentially readable could have profound implications for classical scholarship. Nicholas Wade, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2023 But a demo of the adventure game Red Matter 2 showed the visual difference with a toggle between the Quest 3 and Quest 2 detail level — including text that was only readable on the Quest 3 and props that went from blocky mobile game graphics to relatively detailed models. Adi Robertson, The Verge, 27 Sep. 2023 Hence, besides the readable yellow dial and the clear-cut look, any other feature that distracts you from underwater activities and needs is eliminated. Maverick Li,, 1 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of readable was in the 15th century

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“Readable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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read·​able ˈrēd-ə-bəl How to pronounce readable (audio)
: able to be read easily
readability noun
readably adverb
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