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legible

[lej-uh-buh l] /ˈlɛdʒ ə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being read or deciphered, especially with ease, as writing or printing; easily readable.
2.
capable of being discerned or distinguished:
Anger was legible in his looks and behavior.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin legibilis; equivalent to leg(ere) to read + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
legibly, adverb
unlegible, adjective
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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

legible

/ˈlɛdʒəbəl/
adjective
1.
(of handwriting, print, etc) able to be read or deciphered
2.
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
adj.

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

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