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

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The film looks hilariously relatable, and includes a classically funny A-list cast like Lisa Kudrow, Jason Sudeikis, and Will Forte. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Star Kaitlyn Dever Was Just Cast in a Major Movie," 15 Mar. 2019 The Twittersphere quickly noticed and turned this hilarious (and relatable) moment into a viral meme sensation. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Meme of Antoni Porowski Third-Wheeling Kate Beckinsale and Pete Davidson's Hockey Date Is Relatable AF," 4 Mar. 2019 Rani Rose, of course, isn't looking at the camera, because her attention is elsewhere, namely on her lunch (so relatable, Rani Rose). Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Hudson Shares a Picture of Herself Breastfeeding on Instagram," 13 Jan. 2019 That balance is essential because while this is an animated film, Miles Morales is one of the most relatable, vulnerable lead characters to appear in a Spider-Man movie. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is dazzling, hilarious, and unique," 14 Dec. 2018 This is a woman whose (toxic-seeming) relatives publicly castigate her in the tabloids — something that would have been unthinkable during Middleton’s engagement — and who comes across all the more relatable for it. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "What the difference between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle says about how we conceive of the “ideal woman”," 18 May 2018 While a false sense of family draws them back to the cult who raised them, Aaron's return ultimately has more to do with the connection between the two siblings and the relatable need to be acknowledged and respected by his older brother. Peter Debruge,, "'The Endless' review: Brothers revisit their childhood cult in search for meaning," 19 Apr. 2018 For all its cutesy conceits, Aggretsuko is refreshingly relatable. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Aggretsuko’s holiday special nails the ups and downs of the perfect Instagram photo," 24 Dec. 2018 Science fiction that's pretty darn relatable, actually. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best Sci Fi Movies of 2018 That Starred Women," 28 Nov. 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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English Language Learners Definition of relatable

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

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