re·​lat·​able | \ri-ˈlā-tə-bəl \

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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Other Words from relatable

relatability \ ri-​ˌlā-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ 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

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These small little details make royal weddings so much more relatable, fun, and overall interesting. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why Sarah Ferguson Winked at Prince Andrew During Their Royal Wedding," 17 Aug. 2018 Everything Sharon does is wonderfully relatable, from her one-liners about professional ice cream eating to her Bumble profile pic, an accidental selfie complete with green face mask and upside-down glasses. Katie Walsh,, "'Book Club's' Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton and Mary Steenburgen prove to be sexy and funny at any age," 17 May 2018 Perhaps this is why Amy is all the more relatable to viewers of color like myself. Sauleha Kamal, The Atlantic, "The Character Who Made Me Love Brooklyn Nine-Nine," 12 June 2018 After her Oscar meme fame, Jennifer Garner is back in a more relatable-than-ever way online. Jackie Frere, Redbook, "Jennifer Garner "Had Some Wine" Last Night and Made the Best Instagram Video," 10 Apr. 2018 Her characters are as relatable as the protagonists in her best sellers. Kate Samuelson, Time, "This Season Brings a Crop of Short Story Collections From Authors Known for Novels," 29 Mar. 2018 Today, in unexpected news—it's been revealed that Meghan Markle wears shoes that are too big for her for a very relatable reason. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Meghan Markle Always Wears Shoes That Are Too Big for Her," 24 June 2018 And the attempts to make the dinosaurs relatable and realistic are all driving toward exploring the moral implications of genetic engineering. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a stunning disappointment," 22 June 2018 Noah, of course, freaked out at the tweet, and replied back in the most relatable way. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Stranger Things Star Noah Schnapp Hit on Zendaya in His Acceptance Speech," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of relatable

circa 1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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