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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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British Dictionary definitions for legibly


(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 legibly



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

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