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illegible

[ih-lej-uh-buh l] /ɪˈlɛdʒ ə bəl/
adjective
1.
not legible; impossible or hard to read or decipher because of poor handwriting, faded print, etc.:
This letter is completely illegible.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; il-2 + legible
Related forms
illegibility, illegibleness, noun
illegibly, adverb
Can be confused
illegible, illiterate, unreadable.
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British Dictionary definitions for illegibleness

illegible

/ɪˈlɛdʒɪbəl/
adjective
1.
unable to be read or deciphered
Derived Forms
illegibility, illegibleness, noun
illegibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for illegibleness

illegible

adj.

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

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