relatable

adjective
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

Other Words from relatable

relatability \ ri-​ˌlā-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce relatable (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 Ultimately, Ali understood that creating an accurate portrayal of a Muslim-American family in Jersey City would be just as relatable as any other family story. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 June 2022 So many of the themes in CTRL are universally relatable. Kristen Jeré, refinery29.com, 12 June 2022 The everyday situations those artists create on the page are intensely relatable, making their comic books the opposite of fantasy. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 6 June 2022 Though based on the real-life experiences of Quijada’s mother, its messages of hope, sacrifice and family are highly relatable. Emily Mcclanathan, Chicago Tribune, 20 May 2022 The approach rejects polarization by listening to the supporters of populists rather than speaking over them and by prioritizing issues that are highly relatable, such as hunger and employment. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 The footage also shows Thor has slimmed down considerably since Endgame, even though his heavier frame would have been extremely relatable after two years of COVID quarantine. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 18 Apr. 2022 Shining Vale is so relatable to anyone who is re-examining their life. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 27 Mar. 2022 Her descriptions — coated in cheesy crumbs rather than sugar — are wholly relatable and throw two fingers up to the Instagram illusion. Longreads, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of relatable

circa 1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jun 2022

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“Relatable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relatable. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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