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[ih-lej-uh-buh l] /ɪˈlɛdʒ ə bəl/
not legible; impossible or hard to read or decipher because of poor handwriting, faded print, etc.:
This letter is completely illegible.
Origin of illegible
1605-15; il-2 + legible
Related forms
illegibility, illegibleness, noun
illegibly, adverb
Can be confused
illegible, illiterate, unreadable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for illegible
  • For an illegible city is also a city without a history.
  • In the morning, he found the notes illegible, the insight vanished.
  • The first link is to this page, the second is totally illegible.
  • The text took on a slightly hazy quality and was almost illegible at smaller font sizes.
British Dictionary definitions for illegible


unable to be read or deciphered
Derived Forms
illegibility, illegibleness, noun
illegibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for illegible

1630s, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + legible. Related: Illegibly; illegibility.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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