illegible


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illegible

impossible or hard to read because of poor handwriting or faded print: an illegible document
Not to be confused with:
eligible – worthy of choice; desirable: an eligible bachelor; meeting the requirement: eligible for parole; legally qualified to be elected to office: eligible for the presidency; suitable, fitting

illegible

impossible or hard to read: The handwriting was illegible.
Not to be confused with:
unreadable – not interesting; not worth reading: The book was unreadable.

il·leg·i·ble

 (ĭ-lĕj′ə-bəl)
adj.
Not legible or decipherable.

il·leg′i·bil′i·ty, il·leg′i·ble·ness n.
il·leg′i·bly adv.

illegible

(ɪˈlɛdʒɪbəl)
adj
unable to be read or deciphered
ilˌlegiˈbility, ilˈlegibleness n
ilˈlegibly adv

il•leg•i•ble

(ɪˈlɛdʒ ə bəl)

adj.
not legible; impossible or hard to read.
[1605–15]
il•leg`i•bil′i•ty, il•leg′i•ble•ness, n.
il•leg′i•bly, adv.

illegible

, unreadable - Illegible refers to bad handwriting, while unreadable refers to poor writing.
See also related terms for poor.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.illegible - (of handwriting, print, etc.) not legible; "illegible handwriting"
legible - (of handwriting, print, etc.) capable of being read or deciphered; "legible handwriting"

illegible

adjective indecipherable, unreadable, faint, crabbed, scrawled, hieroglyphic, hard to make out, undecipherable, obscure Incomplete or illegible applications will not be considered.
clear, readable, legible, decipherable, plain
Translations
غَيْر مَقْروء، غَيْر مُمْكِن قِراءتـهلا يُقْرَأ
nečitelný
ulæselig
lukukelvoton
nečitak
olvashatatlan
ólæsilegur
判読しにくい
읽기 어려운
neįskaitomaineįskaitomasneįskaitomumas
nesalasāms
nečitljiv
oläslig
อ่านออกได้ยาก
okunaksızokunması çok güç
khó đọc

illegible

[ɪˈledʒəbl] ADJilegible

illegible

[ɪˈlɛdʒɪbəl] adjillisible

illegible

adj, illegibly
advunleserlich

illegible

[ɪˈlɛdʒəbl] adjilleggibile

illegible

(iˈledʒəbl) adjective
(almost) impossible to read; not legible. His writing is illegible.
ilˈlegibly adverb
ilˌlegiˈbility noun

illegible

لا يُقْرَأ nečitelný ulæselig unleserlich δυσανάγνωστος ilegible lukukelvoton illisible nečitak illeggibile 判読しにくい 읽기 어려운 onleesbaar uleselig nieczytelny ilegível неразборчивый oläslig อ่านออกได้ยาก okunaksız khó đọc 字迹模糊的

illegible

a. ilegible.
References in classic literature ?
"MY dear sir," said the editor to the man, who had called to see about his poem, "I regret to say that owing to an unfortunate altercation in this office the greater part of your manuscript is illegible; a bottle of ink was upset upon it, blotting out all but the first line - that is to say - "
Will you come to me and forgive me?" A few pencil-marks followed; but they were illegible. The writing of those two short sentences had exhausted him.
It was blotted, it was illegible in more places than one.
Neither letter nor envelope offered the slightest hint that might assist inquiry; even the postmark had been so carelessly impressed that it was illegible.
Another grave--a long, robust mound--had been made beside the first, which seemed to shrink from the comparison; and in the shadow of a new headstone the old one lay prostrate, with its marvelous inscription illegible by accumulation of leaves and soil.
That gray hair, and those furrows, --with their record of infinite sorrow so deeply written across his brow, and so compressed, as with a futile effort to crowd in all the tale, that the whole inscription was made illegible, --these, for the moment, vanished.
The old gold and silver coins of the country were of ancient and unknown origin, as a rule, but some of them were Roman; they were ill-shapen, and seldom rounder than a moon that is a week past the full; they were hammered, not minted, and they were so worn with use that the devices upon them were as illegible as blisters, and looked like them.
These marks are his signature, his physiological autograph, so to speak, and this autograph can not be counterfeited, nor can he disguise it or hide it away, nor can it become illegible by the wear and mutations of time.
The sign was suspended from a common ale-house post, and represented the figure of a horseman, armed with sabre and pistols, and surmounted by a bear-skin cap, with a fiery animal that he bestrode “rampant.” All these particulars were easily to be seen by the aid of the moon, together with a row of somewhat illegible writing in black paint, but in which Elizabeth, to whom the whole was familiar, read with facility, “The Bold Dragoon.”
If my slave should find it when he comes, and should bring it to Delagoa, let my friend (name illegible) bring the matter to the knowledge of the king, that he may send an army which, if they live through the desert and the mountains, and can overcome the brave Kukuanes and their devilish arts, to which end many priests should be brought, will make him the richest king since Solomon.
Casaubon should think her handwriting bad and illegible. She piqued herself on writing a hand in which each letter was distinguishable without any large range of conjecture, and she meant to make much use of this accomplishment, to save Mr.
It was directed to himself, was written upon very dirty paper, and in such cramped and crippled writing as to be almost illegible. After great difficulty and much puzzling, he contrived to read as follows:--