unreadable

adjective un·read·able \ ˌən-ˈrē-də-bəl \
|Updated on: 25 Jun 2018

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

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First Known Use of unreadable

circa 1655

in the meaning defined above

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