intelligible

[in-tel-i-juh-buhl]
adjective
1.
capable of being understood; comprehensible; clear: an intelligible response.
2.
Philosophy. apprehensible by the mind only; conceptual.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin intelligibilis, equivalent to intellig- (see intelligent) + -ibilis -ible

intelligibleness, noun
intelligibly, adverb
half-intelligible, adjective
half-intelligibly, adverb
self-intelligible, adjective
semi-intelligible, adjective
semi-intelligibly, adverb

intelligent, intelligible, intellectual (see synonym study at intelligent).


1. distinct, lucid, coherent.
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intelligible (ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒəbəl)
 
adj
1.  able to be understood; comprehensible
2.  philosophy
 a.  capable of being apprehended by the mind or intellect alone
 b.  (in metaphysical systems such as those of Plato or Kant) denoting that metaphysical realm which is accessible to the intellect as opposed to the world of mere phenomena accessible to the senses
 
[C14: from Latin intellegibilis; see intellect]
 
intelligi'bility
 
n
 
in'telligibleness
 
n
 
in'telligibly
 
adv

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intelligible
late 14c., "able to understand," from L. intelligibilis "that can understand, that can be understood," from intelligere (see intelligence). Sense of "capable of being understood" first recorded in English c.1600.
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Example sentences
Anyone who has ever given a computer a command and received a response,
  intelligible or not, has used a computer operating system.
They deploy intelligible mainstream economics instead of affecting to discover
  new economic laws.
These apparent anomalies can be explained by intelligible logical physics.
Throughout, curry continued to shift shape, always prepared to alter its
  accents to become intelligible to a whole new audience.
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