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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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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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 Their relationship is, in many ways, very relatable to people across the ages. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Cold War, a decade-spanning Polish romance, will break your heart," 15 May 2018 In Cleary’s stories, readers see their problems addressed in a funny, relatable ways. Sam Gillette,, "Beverly Cleary Turns 102! Inside the Ramona Quimby Author's Extraordinary Life," 12 Apr. 2018 There's nothing quite like lighting a candle and reading the *very* relatable, emotional poems of Rupi Kaur in The Sun and Her Flowers. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "9 Great Things to Do If You're Single on Valentine's Day (That Aren't Boring Chocolates and a Movie)," 4 Jan. 2018 Somehow, along the way, Sizemore became one of the most relatable and empathetic figures within the park. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Westworld': Here's Who Is Still Alive Heading Into Season 3," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of relatable

circa 1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of relatable was circa 1720

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