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1. Easily read; legible: a readable typeface.
2. Pleasurable or interesting to read: a readable story.

read′a·bil′i·ty (read′a·ble·ness) n.
read′a·bly adv.


1. (of handwriting, etc) able to be read or deciphered; legible
2. (of style of writing) interesting, easy, or pleasant to read
ˌreadaˈbility, ˈreadableness n
ˈreadably adv


(ˈri də bəl)

1. easy or interesting to read.
2. capable of being read; legible.
read`a•bil′i•ty, read′a•ble•ness, n.
read′a•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.readable - easily deciphered
legible - (of handwriting, print, etc.) capable of being read or deciphered; "legible handwriting"


1. enjoyable, interesting, gripping, entertaining, pleasant, enthralling, easy to read, worth reading This is an impeccably researched and very readable book.
enjoyable heavy, boring, dull, pretentious, turgid, unreadable, heavy going, badly-written, as dry as dust
مَقْروئهمُمكِن قرائته
dobre sa čítajúci
ilginç ve okunmaya değerokunabilirokunaklı


[ˈriːdəbl] ADJ [writing] → legible; [book etc] → entretenido, que puede leerse


[ˈriːdəbəl] adj
(= pleasant to read) → agréable à lire
eminently readable → d'une lecture très agréable
(= easy to read) → facile à lire
(= legible) → lisible
(COMPUTING) [file] → lisible


adj (= legible) handwritinglesbar; (= worth reading) book etclesenswert; not very readable (= illegible)schlecht lesbar; (= not worth reading)nicht besonders lesenswert


[ˈriːdəbl] adj (book) → che si legge volentieri; (writing) → leggibile


(riːd) past tense, past participle read (red) verb
1. to look at and understand (printed or written words or other signs). Have you read this letter?; Can your little girl read yet?; Can anyone here read Chinese?; to read music; I can read (= understand without being told) her thoughts/mind.
2. to learn by reading. I read in the paper today that the government is going to cut taxes again.
3. to read aloud, usually to someone else. I read my daughter a story before she goes to bed; I read to her before she goes to bed.
4. to pass one's time by reading books etc for pleasure etc. I don't have much time to read these days.
5. to study (a subject) at a university etc.
6. to look at or be able to see (something) and get information from it. I can't read the clock without my glasses; The nurse read the thermometer.
7. to be written or worded; to say. His letter reads as follows: `Dear Sir, ...'
8. (of a piece of writing etc) to make a (good, bad etc) impression. This report reads well.
9. (of dials, instruments etc) to show a particular figure, measurement etc. The thermometer reads –5C.
10. to (cause a word, phrase etc to) be replaced by another, eg in a document or manuscript. There is one error on this page – For `two yards', read `two metres'; `Two yards long' should read `two metres long'.
the act, or a period, of reading. I like a good read before I go to sleep.
ˈreadable adjective
(negative unreadable).
1. easy or pleasant to read. I don't usually enjoy poetry but I find these poems very readable.
2. able to be read. Your handwriting is scarcely readable.
ˈreadableness noun
ˌreadaˈbility noun
ˈreader noun
1. a person who reads books, magazines etc. He's a keen reader.
2. a person who reads a particular newspaper, magazine etc. The editor asked readers to write to him with their opinions.
3. a reading-book, especially for children or for learners of a foreign language. a Latin reader.
ˈreadership noun
the (number of) people who read a newspaper, magazine etc.
ˈreading noun
1. the act of reading.
2. the reading of something aloud, as a (public) entertainment. a poetry reading.
3. the ability to read. The boy is good at reading.
4. the figure, measurement etc on a dial, instrument etc. The reading on the thermometer was –5 C.
1. for the purpose of reading. reading-glasses; a reading-room in a library.
2. for learning to read. a reading-book.
ˈreading material noun
a list of books, stories, articles etc that need to be read for one's studies.
ˈreading matter noun
something written for others to read (eg books, newspapers, letters). There's a lot of interesting reading matter in our local library.
ˈread-outplural ˈread-outs noun
data produced by a computer, eg on magnetic or paper tape.
read between the lines
to look for or find information (eg in a letter) which is not actually stated.
read off
to read from a dial, instrument etc. The engineer read off the temperatures one by one.
read on
to continue to read; to read further. He paused for a few moments, and then read on.
read out
to read aloud. Read out the answers to the questions.
read over/through
to read from beginning to end. I'll read through your manuscript, and let you know if I find any mistakes.
References in classic literature ?
He opened it, and I saw a bundle of papers, yellow but still readable.
You surprise me; I thought it had not been readable.
The woman had disappeared, but there were her written words left behind her: visible to my mother as well as to me, readable by my mother's eyes as well as by mine!
So surely as another quarter chimed, there was a movement in the crowd--as if something had passed over it--as if the light upon them had been changed--in which the fact was readable as on a brazen dial, figured by a giant's hand.
the brickmaker, will make a readable report for you.
ISLAMABAD -- An accountability court on Wednesday issued a notice to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) after two accused facing supplementary reference along with former finance minister Ishaq Dar sought legible and readable copies of the reference and attached material before their indictment.
People hate to admit it, but the Bible is hard to read," said Rod Laughlin, founder of The Readable Bible.
ISLAMABAD -- The Machine Readable Passport System (MRP) is inaugurated at the Embassy of Pakistan, Dakar (Senegal).
Summary: Embassy issues advisory to urgently seek Machine Readable Passports
Islamabad -- The claim of Interior Ministry regarding completion of arrangements and provision of machine readable passport to overseas Pakistanis was proved fake.
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