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1. Possible to read or decipher: legible handwriting.
2. Plainly discernible; apparent: a legible weakness in disposition.

[Middle English, from Late Latin legibilis, from Latin legere, to read; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

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


1. (of handwriting, print, etc) able to be read or deciphered
2. able to be discovered; discernible
[C14: from Late Latin legibilis, from Latin legere to read]
ˌlegiˈbility, ˈlegibleness n
ˈlegibly adv


(ˈlɛdʒ ə bəl)

1. capable of being read or deciphered, esp. with ease, as writing or printing.
2. capable of being discerned or distinguished: Anger was legible in his behavior.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin legibilis <legere to read]
leg`i•bil′i•ty, n.
leg′i•bly, adv.


1. 'readable'

If you say that a book or article is readable, you mean that it is interesting and not boring or difficult to understand.

He has written a most readable and entertaining autobiography.
2. 'legible'

If you can recognize the letters and words that a piece of writing consists of, you do not say that the writing is 'readable'. You say that it is legible.

The inscription is still perfectly legible.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.legible - (of handwriting, print, etc.) capable of being read or deciphered; "legible handwriting"
illegible - (of handwriting, print, etc.) not legible; "illegible handwriting"


adjective readable, clear, plain, bold, neat, distinct, easy to read, easily read, decipherable My handwriting isn't very legible.
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[ˈledʒəbl] ADJlegible


[ˈlɛdʒɪbəl] adjlisible
barely legible → à peine lisible


adjlesbar; handwriting alsoleserlich


[ˈlɛdʒəbl] adjleggibile


(ˈledʒəbl) adjective
clear enough to be read. The writing was faded but still legible.
ˈlegibly adverb
ˌlegiˈbility noun


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Though well soaked with rain, it was still partially legible.
you will find it scarcely more legible than a crumpled, scratched page.
It was from Peggotty; something less legible than usual, and brief.
Pretending to read a smeary newspaper long out of date, which had nothing half so legible in its local news, as the foreign matter of coffee, pickles, fish-sauces, gravy, melted butter, and wine, with which it was sprinkled all over, as if it had taken the measles in a highly irregular form, I sat at my table while he stood before the fire.
But what distressed him greatly was not having another hermit there to confess him and receive consolation from; and so he solaced himself with pacing up and down the little meadow, and writing and carving on the bark of the trees and on the fine sand a multitude of verses all in harmony with his sadness, and some in praise of Dulcinea; but, when he was found there afterwards, the only ones completely legible that could be discovered were those that follow here:
These rolls consisted of slips of cloth about four inches wide and eighteen long; they were all carefully numbered and closely covered with writing, so legible that Dantes could easily read it, as well as make out the sense -- it being in Italian, a language he, as a Provencal, perfectly understood.
My writing is at least legible, neat, and pleasant to look upon--and his Excellency is satisfied with it.
Peter saw piles of yellow and musty account-books, in parchment covers, wherein creditors, long dead and buried, had written the names of dead and buried debtors in ink now so faded that their moss-grown tombstones were more legible.
Juanna was not very thin, but she had a gaunt visage, and her "regard" was fierce and hungry; narrow as was her brow, it presented space enough for the legible graving of two words, Mutiny and Hate; in some one of her other lineaments I think the eye--cowardice had also its distinct cipher.
The cringing servility of his manner was due, no doubt, to the address legible on the pile of luggage, which announced their owner to be "Lady Muriel Orme, passenger to Elveston, via Fayfield Junction.
In fact, having once established connected and legible characters, I scarcely gave a thought to the mere difficulty of developing their import.
The letter, with a direction hardly legible, to "Miss A.