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 front end shows her in full cable-TV-presidential-historian mode, offering a readable set of potted histories of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. Philip Delves Broughton, WSJ, "‘Leaders’ and ‘Leadership in Turbulent Times’ Review: Getting Things Done," 16 Nov. 2018 Upon reaching the troops, the images of letters would be restored to a readable size and then printed back out on paper for their recipients to read. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 Google chose to supply the Senate committee with data in a non-machine-readable format. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Massive scale of Russian election trolling revealed in draft Senate report," 17 Dec. 2018 This hot-mess angle is different from the normal leadership bluster, and much more readable. Laura Vanderkam, WSJ, "What to Give: Business Books," 15 Nov. 2018 The report is particularly critical of Google for providing evidence that Russians bought ads as images and in PDF format, which isn’t machine-readable, instead of file formats that would have been easier for data scientists to analyze. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Reports to Senate criticize social media giants for providing incomplete data in Russia probe," 17 Dec. 2018 Highly readable, fun to share, Grump is the perfect book to kick off a summer of reading. The Christian Science Monitor, "4 delightful new books for middle-grade readers," 7 June 2018 In this erratic but compulsively readable debut, the manipulations extend to the reader as well. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction Books: Tapped Into a Kind of Magic," 25 Oct. 2018 Its machine-learning system, called Rosetta, is designed to help identify text in more than a billion images and videos daily, and then transcribe the words in a way that’s machine-readable. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: New iPhones and more: It’s Apple launch day," 12 Sep. 2018

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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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