relatable

adjective
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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This has been the year when astrology memes officially became both unavoidable and uncomfortably relatable. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Based on your zodiac sign, what should your Halloween costume be?," 10 Oct. 2018 Ho’s knowledge of wine is only rivaled by his curiosity of it, keeping him constantly learning, humble, and relatable to his customers. Marissa A. Ross, Bon Appetit, "How to Get the Most Out of Your Sommelier," 29 May 2018 He was cut off for only a moment, but the timing of the mistake was both ironic and so relatable. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Gets Called Out for an Awkward Technical Error During Carson Daly's Speech," 19 Dec. 2018 Their superheroes dealt with financial anxieties that made Marvel’s stories more relatable than those of their competitors. Jeremy Dauber And Danny Fingeroth, WSJ, "The Superhero of the Comics Business," 16 Nov. 2018 Mattel has worked over the years to combat criticism and make Barbie more relatable to customers of all skin tones and body types with lines like the Fashionistas. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Valley of the dolls: Barbie collectors hit Phoenix resort scene for 2018 convention," 13 July 2018 Princess Kate often makes relatable, candid comments about parenthood. Maura Hohman, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Spoke for Every Mom with This Off-the-Cuff Comment to the Archbishop," 9 July 2018 The company is led by former Navy SEALS, which has made the programming more relatable. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston curbs firefighter injuries through focus on health, safety," 5 June 2018 The same qualities that make his work supremely relatable can also spiral inward toward madness. Michael Friedrich, The New Republic, "Spirit of the Strip Mall," 24 May 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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