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[ree-duh-bil-i-tee] /ˌri dəˈbɪl ɪ ti/
Also, readableness. the state or quality of being readable.
Typography. the property of type that affects the ease with which printed matter can be read for a sustained period.
Compare legibility (def 2).
Origin of readability
1835-45; readable + -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Among books on Mexican life to be ranked first both in readability and revealing qualities.

  • This is presumed to represent "you" and has been expanded as such for readability.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • The background pattern is taken from the original book, but has been lightened for readability.

  • In some cases, information has been rearranged for readability.

  • Here as elsewhere his perception, apart from the readability of the work, is worthy of notice.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • To prevent problems with readability is chosen not to imitate that, and to move all the illustrations in between the paragraphs.

    The Watcher J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Any changes that vary from the original were minor and essential for readability.

    The Plan of Salvation John Morgan
  • Punctuation irregularities in the specimen lists were not corrected, since they did not affect the readability.

    Birds from North Borneo Max C. Thompson
  • For readability, the footnotes have been moved to the end of the relevant chapter.

    The Classification of Patents United States Patent Office
  • Tables and formulas have been edited for clarity and readability, while honoring the original form.

    Alcoholic Fermentation Arthur Harden
Word Origin and History for readability

1829, from readable + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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