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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.
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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
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[ɪˈlɛdʒəblɪ] advin modo illeggibile
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(iˈledʒəbl) adjective
(almost) impossible to read; not legible. His writing is illegible.
ilˈlegibly adverb
ilˌlegiˈbility noun
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References in classic literature ?
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.
Men of character always differentiate their long letters, however illegibly they may write.
Opening it they found a crude message printed almost illegibly, and with many evidences of an unaccustomed task.
Dear me, Annie, how illegibly your cousin Maldon writes, and how stupid I am!
If this were true, surely the publisher would not have reprinted the map so that the contour labels are illegibly small!
"Ever since the middle of 1964, I have been receiving at my office weekly visits from a flabby, furtive, rat-faced character who thrusts in front of me a few illegibly scribbled sheets of foolscap headed Scouting the City." This was how James Wade described, in his 1967 book "One Man's Korea," the birth of one of the better-known Korea Times columns of the 1960s and 1970s.
along party lines, for a 503-page tax bill few legislators--let alone members of the public--had,, had a chance to read, with amendments illegibly scrawled in the margins.
13) has illegibly miniscule type, and the nuanced shades of gray are impossible to decipher.
"It is important to emphasize that the numbers of late ballots or ballots not arriving are lower than in 2012 and do not pertain to those who registered through iVote, as many who registered elsewhere have reached out to us for assistance as well," he said, adding that the unsent ballots were likely due to voter request forms that were filled out illegibly or incorrectly.
Mr Bazunu also admitted failing to adequately record details of his assessment on the patient and illegibly recording the incident in the home's accident log.
Detainees may also write illegibly and scratch out words to make their confessions inadmissible in court.
I shall send him money for it; he must be suffering from cold in NY." Onya had a tendency to misspell or write illegibly.