re·​lat·​able | \ ri-ˈlā-tə-bəl How to pronounce relatable (audio) \

Definition of relatable

1 : able to be related especially : able to be shown or established to have a causal or logical connection to something Some of these linguistic simplifications are directly relatable to the loss of certain language functions … — William A. Foley
2 US : able to be related to : possible to understand, like, or have sympathy for because of similarities to oneself or one's own experiences a movie featuring strong but relatable characters Thriftier threads can make high-rolling politicos and their wives seem more relatable.— Roya Wolverson

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relatability \ ri-​ˌlā-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce relatability (audio) \ noun
He also maintained an outsized relatability, as the kind of guy who seemed more at ease with commoners than with any media elite. — Richard Hoffer

Examples of relatable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carucci's most recent book, Midlife, chronicles her own aging process via honest and relatable images. Time, "Gen X Women Get Less Sleep Than Any Other Generation. What's Keeping Them Up?," 6 Jan. 2020 This put power directly in the hands of consumers, creating a cadre of influencers that could be both more relatable and less transparent about motivations and influences than old-school media gatekeepers., "The decade in dining - The Boston Globe," 29 Dec. 2019 The relatable moment offered impeachment watchers a brief moment of humor during an otherwise tense week in Washington as Democrats prepare for a full House vote on the articles of impeachment drafted under the direction of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Melissa Locker, Time, "People Have Taken Notice of Lawyer Steve Castor’s Grocery Bag at the Impeachment Hearing," 9 Dec. 2019 The show used the stories of Trail, a gay former Marine, and Madson to illuminate the very real, very relatable fear many young gay men and women still face. Darren Franich,, "The best TV shows of the decade," 5 Dec. 2019 Her morning routine follows three very relatable principles: water, coffee, and packing up her bag for the day. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Mandy Moore's Definition of Wellness Goes Way Beyond Meditation and Supplements," 5 Nov. 2019 The internet turned the relatable moment into a meme. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "We Are All Leonardo DiCaprio Getting Hit in the Face with a Volleyball," 26 June 2019 The totally relatable moment was captured by fans in the audience. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Billie Eilish Forgot Her Lyrics at Coachella 2019 and It Only Made Fans Love Her More," 15 Apr. 2019 Ever since Jennifer Lopez confessed her (very relatable) obsession with Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper on Ellen, the internet has been shipping the duo's newfound friendship—and possible design partnership. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "People Are Straight-Up Panicking Over Those Photos of Joanna Gaines and Jennifer Lopez," 5 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of relatable

circa 1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Relatable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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US : possible to understand because of being like something you have known, experienced, etc.

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