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 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 There were other reasons for his removal though, which Bloomberg’s Sarah McBride details in her rich and extremely readable profile of the unusual leader. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Reactions to the corporate ‘woke wars’ range from ‘rah-rah’ to revulsion," 4 May 2021 Things might wrap up just a touch too neatly, but this compulsively readable romance will have your heart squeezing and soaring from beginning to end. Washington Post, "Sally Thorne’s ‘Second First Impressions’ is full of cracking attraction and cackling laughs," 30 Apr. 2021 These subjects are literally making machine-readable emotion. Kate Crawford, The Atlantic, "Why We Shouldn’t Trust AI to Tell Us What We Feel," 27 Apr. 2021 To the end of his life, Vespasiano never accepted mechanical type as a viable replacement for books copied by hand, instead helping to bring about the last great flourish of elegant and eminently readable manuscript codices. Ernest Hilbert, WSJ, "‘The Bookseller of Florence’ Review: Manuscripts and Medicis," 23 Apr. 2021 Karen Tumulty combines years of original research and sharply readable prose to effect a near-miracle: the complete rescue of former first lady Nancy Reagan from the hands of slanderers and trivializers. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, "Put a spring in your step with the 10 best books of April," 16 Apr. 2021 But what makes Nute stand out was her ability to spend months digging up historical facts and combining them with observations of nature, while turning it all into readable prose. Star Tribune, "Writer Grace Lee Nute combined an appetite for research and a keen eye for canoe country," 6 Aug. 2020 In one round, you could be presented with a highly urban area, with a plethora of buildings, billboards, and street signs that weave a readable tapestry. Will Backus, Wired, "People Are Playing a Guessing Game in Google Maps," 16 Apr. 2021 After formulating the anywhere-versus-somewheres dichotomy, Goodhart in his new book, Head, Hand, Heart (2020), shows again his knack for capturing complex social science in readable prose, although this time with a deeper cut. Jorge González-gallarza Hernández, National Review, "David Goodhart, Up from the Cognitive Meritocracy," 6 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of readable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2021

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“Readable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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