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legibility

[lej-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌlɛdʒ əˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
Also, legibleness. the state or quality of being legible.
2.
Also called visibility. Typography. the quality of type that affects the perceptibility of a word, line, or paragraph of printed matter.
Compare readability (def 2).
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; legible + -ity
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Examples from the web for legibility
  • It may decrease legibility but it increases scan-ability.
  • The sheer legibility of the place would be achievement enough, given its size.
  • legibility distance is affected by the characteristics of the sign design and the visual capabilities of drivers.
  • Letters are formed with a continuous stroke so there are few pencil lifts and better legibility.
  • The requirements for arrow panels specify minimum legibility distance and number of elements.
  • Transmittal must be typed or printed in order to ensure accuracy and legibility.
  • Minimize the extent to which handwriting legibility or computer printing bias judgments of writing quality.
  • Do not adjust opacity of logo, it inhibits legibility.
  • Consist of a removable device, if that device meets the identification and legibility requirements.
  • The legibility distance of the character depends on its height.
Word Origin and History for legibility
n.

1670s; see legible + -ity.

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