relatable

adjective

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

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of relatable was circa 1720

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“Relatable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relatable. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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