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intelligible

[in-tel-i-juh-buh l] /ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being understood; comprehensible; clear:
an intelligible response.
2.
Philosophy. apprehensible by the mind only; conceptual.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin intelligibilis, equivalent to intellig- (see intelligent) + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
intelligibleness, noun
intelligibly, adverb
half-intelligible, adjective
half-intelligibly, adverb
self-intelligible, adjective
semi-intelligible, adjective
semi-intelligibly, adverb
Can be confused
intelligent, intelligible, intellectual (see synonym study at intelligent)
Synonyms
1. distinct, lucid, coherent.
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British Dictionary definitions for intelligibleness

intelligible

/ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒəbəl/
adjective
1.
able to be understood; comprehensible
2.
(philosophy)
  1. capable of being apprehended by the mind or intellect alone
  2. (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
Derived Forms
intelligibility, intelligibleness, noun
intelligibly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin intellegibilis; see intellect
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Word Origin and History for intelligibleness
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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