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 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 Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1936, McMurtry was a prolific author with an uncanny gift for making a lengthy opus like Lonesome Dove — all 843 pages — eminently readable. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, "Larry McMurtry, ‘Lonesome Dove’ Novelist, Dead at 84," 26 Mar. 2021 Accidentally Engaged is voraciously readable, a genuine comedy of errors made meaningful by its real-world stakes. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: March 2021 romance novels embrace learning to love yourself," 1 Apr. 2021 Many are proprietary systems that either prohibit the underlying code from being moved out or generate convoluted code that is neither readable nor reusable. Asanka Abeysinghe, Forbes, "Optimizing Low-Code Tools For Enterprise Application Development," 11 Mar. 2021 The book is a tour de force, meticulously researched, engaging, deeply humane and compulsively readable. Marc M. Arkin, WSJ, "‘Doomed Romance’ Review: An Ideal Relationship," 5 Mar. 2021 Look for devices that have easily-readable screens, simple navigating, and convenient information accessibility. Popular Science, "Best portable WiFi: Five things to consider when you want internet connection anywhere," 19 Feb. 2021 It’s one of those rare books that’s both sweeping and specific, scholarly and readable. The New Yorker, "The Best Books We Read in 2020," 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of readable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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29 Apr 2021

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“Readable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 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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