unreadable

adjective
un·​read·​able | \ ˌən-ˈrē-də-bəl How to pronounce unreadable (audio) \

Definition of unreadable

: not readable: such as
a : not decipherable : illegible unreadable handwriting
b : impossible to read and understand : incomprehensible … a flawed, unreadable, misleading bill that garnered support based on propaganda and clever—but false—talking points.— Marilyn M. Singleton
c : impossible to interpret The expression on her face was unreadable.
d : not enjoyable or interesting enough to engage the reader an unreadable novel

Synonyms & Antonyms for unreadable

Synonyms

Antonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of unreadable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jackson was quiet for a moment, her expression unreadable behind her mask. Sydney Brownstone, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Jan. 2022 There’s a few golden nuggets to be mined even from the most unreadable, obscure, and self-serving of such memoirs. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 14 Oct. 2021 Bottles of wine in this region of wineries were covered in mud, their labels unreadable. New York Times, 18 July 2021 In addition, some (but not all) of the app names are unreadable (black text on a black background) in the app drawer. Sascha Segan, PCMAG, 28 Feb. 2022 Without that unique hardware identifier, the data on the drive is unreadable gobbledygook. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 22 Mar. 2022 Additionally, Telegram does not feature default end-to-end encryption, which renders messages unreadable by the company and outsiders, as the popular U.S.-based messaging apps Signal and WhatsApp do. Frank Bajak And Barbara Ortutay, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Mar. 2022 Chagrin Boulevard, SOM Center Road Shortly after a patrol officer pulled over a car with an unreadable license plate around 1:30 a.m. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 22 Oct. 2021 And some of it (those transcripts, Jack and Neal high and babbling) is unreadable. James Parker, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unreadable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of unreadable

circa 1655, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About unreadable

Time Traveler for unreadable

Time Traveler

The first known use of unreadable was circa 1655

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near unreadable

unreadability

unreadable

unreadableness

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for unreadable

Last Updated

14 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Unreadable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreadable. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on unreadable

Nglish: Translation of unreadable for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!