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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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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 un legible

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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