Definition of readable in English:



  • 1Able to be read or deciphered; legible.

    ‘a code which is readable by a computer’
    ‘readable copies of very old newspapers’
    • ‘My own copy, still readable in faded purple, occupies a special place on my office bookshelf.’
    • ‘I think maybe they scroll slightly every time you wave or something, but they're not as readable as regular text messages.’
    • ‘This would allow an attacker to move from the Web environment to read files readable to the OS.’
    • ‘In my fingers, besides the wet muck of packing material was a soppy but readable copy of Tatz's book.’
    • ‘My only issue is how to get readable text over the stripes - none of the colours I've tried show up well enough.’
    • ‘I have found that even small text is readable without having to put your dial right up to the screen.’
    • ‘Now that I've actually got a readable blog, I need to write something worth reading.’
    • ‘Especially in the text block test, all text was easily readable, even the small white text.’
    • ‘Results appear quickly on a clear, readable digital display.’
    • ‘Several people have written to tell me that these books are readable online.’
    • ‘Two categories of readable documents were used in the study.’
    • ‘Version 4 of his site is much more readable because the text doesn't run all over the landscape.’
    • ‘At this he looked at his page and noticed all the letters looked perfectly readable now that he knew how to read it.’
    • ‘In addition to copious notes he modernised punctuation and spelling to make a more readable text.’
    • ‘You can also use a photocopier to copy print on to a transparency, but remember that you may need to enlarge it to make the text readable.’
    • ‘Once most books are readable over the Internet, however, what will happen with the form?’
    • ‘It's fine for snippets, but such long and interesting articles need more readable text.’
    • ‘The text should be as readable as plain text but you should also be able to easily discern linked words.’
    legible, easy to read, decipherable, easily deciphered, clear, intelligible, understandable, comprehensible, easy to understand
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    1. 1.1 Easy or enjoyable to read.
      ‘a marvellously readable book’
      • ‘Thus, every effort will be made to publish timely and highly readable essays.’
      • ‘Despite these shortcomings, this is an interesting and eminently readable textbook.’
      • ‘The articles are readable and are probably best read individually rather than as a group.’
      • ‘Fakery, fiction and actual recorded history swirl together in this intelligent and readable book.’
      • ‘This short, readable book outlines with exemplary clarity the philosophical terms of the issue.’
      • ‘They should aim to present short, readable articles in the paper journal.’
      • ‘This accomplished and supremely readable book commands our sympathy and evokes a regret for what might have been.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, this is an informative, readable book which puts piracy in true perspective.’
      • ‘Barring a few spelling mistakes, the book is readable and understandable.’
      • ‘Can you come out with some easily readable booklets which the young as well as not so young can read with interest?’
      • ‘This is a well researched, informative and extremely readable book that will make you rage against the system and want to get active.’
      • ‘Which is why, no doubt, the most readable biographies have invariably been works of great scholarship as well.’
      • ‘Such casual sketches of the master are also being featured in the immensely readable book.’
      • ‘This erudite yet readable volume admirably meets the high standards set by the new series.’
      • ‘As a consequence, the text is more readable than most encyclopedic treatments.’
      • ‘As a result, the text is readable and useful as a source for practitioners as well as teachers and students.’
      • ‘The text is eminently readable and supported by detailed citations and a voluminous index.’
      • ‘Every page is compulsively readable, and usually says something very funny, even if it happens to be wrong.’
      • ‘Each period is divided into subsections comprising academic yet readable essays.’
      • ‘Hence our preference for brief, readable letters supplemented with pictures and summaries of responses.’
      enjoyable, entertaining, interesting, absorbing, engaging, gripping, enthralling, engrossing, compulsive, stimulating
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  • 2(of data or a storage medium or device) capable of being processed or interpreted by a computer or other electronic device.

    • ‘It won't write out to disk as a special word file that is only readable by the word program.’
    • ‘The patent in question relates to the use of the XML programming language that makes files readable across different programs and allows the formatting of text.’
    • ‘They are only readable by the specific program.’
    • ‘Iraq's government has only been making the new, electronically readable "G" series passports since April.’