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[lej-uh-buh l] /ˈlɛdʒ ə bəl/
capable of being read or deciphered, especially with ease, as writing or printing; easily readable.
capable of being discerned or distinguished:
Anger was legible in his looks and behavior.
Origin of legible
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin legibilis; equivalent to leg(ere) to read + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
legibly, adverb
unlegible, adjective Unabridged
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  • The board is colorful, easily legible and has some reminders printed in the corners for easy reference.
  • It's not legible in the sense that you can read my name, but if you know it's me, it makes sense.
  • Some of the photos made the text difficult to read, but the fiercely protected ending was definitely legible.
  • Instead, it was used to see how many samples were legible.
  • The profile would make college degrees more legible to policy makers and employers.
  • Steps were always legible in outline and neat in execution.
  • legible copies of college transcripts for bachelors and advanced degrees, if applicable.
  • The writing's been on the wall for a long time, but now it's totally legible.
  • But unlike many of his fellow travelers, he is less involved with useful objects than with legible signs.
  • Although the handwriting may require some deciphering, ink on paper remains legible for centuries.
British Dictionary definitions for legible


(of handwriting, print, etc) able to be read or deciphered
able to be discovered; discernible
Derived Forms
legibility, legibleness, noun
legibly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin legibilis, from Latin legere to read
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Word Origin and History for legible

late 14c., from Late Latin legibilis "that can be read," from Latin legere "to read" (see lecture (n.)). Related: Legibly.

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