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[ree-duh-buh l] /ˈri də bəl/
easy or interesting to read.
capable of being read; legible:
readable handwriting.
pertaining to letter mail with addresses and zip codes capable of being read by optical scanning devices.
Origin of readable
1560-70; read1 + -able
Related forms
readably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for readable
  • Thank you for fleshing out this story in a completely readable and understandable manner.
  • About the middle of the nineteenth century, readable books of travel multiply with increasing facilities for travel.
  • The mere fact that their dramas are readable measures something of their literary value.
  • His highest praise is that he still remains readable.
  • These books proved disappointing to persons who sought readable narratives.
  • He got it up well, his points are clearly put, and his pleading is witty and readable.
  • We need a literature of science which shall be readable.
  • Text must be placed so that it is readable and easily located but also must not interfere with the map's data or design.
  • Any electronic signal entails some delay in transmission of the data and conversion into a form that's readable to the recipients.
  • It was also amazing to witness how modern computer imaging could bring these works to life and make them actually readable.
British Dictionary definitions for readable


(of handwriting, etc) able to be read or deciphered; legible
(of style of writing) interesting, easy, or pleasant to read
Derived Forms
readability, readableness, noun
readably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for readable

1560s, from read (v.) + -able. Related: Readably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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