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Related to illegibly: unduly


Not legible or decipherable.

il·leg′i·bil′i·ty, il·leg′i·ble·ness n.
il·leg′i·bly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.illegibly - in an illegible mannerillegibly - in an illegible manner; "this student writes illegibly"
decipherably, legibly, readably - in a legible manner; "you must write legibly"
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[ɪˈledʒəblɪ] ADVde modo ilegible


[ɪˈlɛdʒəblɪ] advin modo illeggibile


(iˈledʒəbl) adjective
(almost) impossible to read; not legible. His writing is illegible.
ilˈlegibly adverb
ilˌlegiˈbility noun
References in classic literature ?
Dear me, Annie, how illegibly your cousin Maldon writes, and how stupid I am
This mental exercise lasted until Biddy made a rush at them and distributed three defaced Bibles (shaped as if they had been unskilfully cut off the chump-end of something), more illegibly printed at the best than any curiosities of literature I have since met with, speckled all over with ironmould, and having various specimens of the insect world smashed between their leaves.
Opening it they found a crude message printed almost illegibly, and with many evidences of an unaccustomed task.
Men of character always differentiate their long letters, however illegibly they may write.
The corporation should also anticipate that additional questions may yield not only direct processing costs, but may also be filled out incompletely, incorrectly, or illegibly, requiring the claims administrator to reach out to the individual and request supplemental information.
Notably, one Gappmayr poem consists in the word alles repeated twice: once in luxurious typographical elongation, and once with all five letters superimposed illegibly over one another:
When standard Web sites display on mobile platforms such as smartphones and tablets, users frequently face a sea of problems from missing images to formatting issues to illegibly small typefaces.
Whether you illegibly scribble the invitations a week before the day or spend months planning the style, hand-decorating it and personalising it to the last ivory detail, you are, in effect performing a rain dance.
Men of character always differentiate their long letters, however illegibly they may write.
Since many passengers fill up the forms illegibly resulting in delays at the immigration counters, these serve practically no purpose and rather result in further delay, as officials begin to correct and re-enter names or passport details.
Many of the forms are illegibly filled in by the passengers, resulting in delays at the immigration counter, with officials having to re-enter names or passport numbers, etc.
The letters are arranged in a figure eight running legibly forward, then illegibly backward, as if to highlight the perceptual rift that threatens to undermine the empathetic union between artist and audience.