Definition of readerly in English:

readerly

adjective

  • Relating to a reader.

    ‘he tries one's readerly patience to breaking point’
    • ‘Our readerly obsession with authorial judgments, psychological and moral, ideological and political, easily misses this paradox inherent in novel writing.’
    • ‘The gain was in authorial sympathy and readerly involvement, as well as the dispersal of interpretive possibilities.’
    • ‘But if there is something suicidal in Woolf's emotional attraction to this kind of loss of self, there is also something deeply readerly about it.’
    • ‘They function independently, are appropriated by the historical moment, and are subject to the whims of chance, history, and the readerly environment.’
    • ‘Somewhere at the far end of all this readerly frustration, it all started to seem funny rather than annoying.’
    • ‘‘There was considerable readerly puzzlement’, as Lawrence Jones puts it in his introduction.’
    • ‘Here, Natalia's search for death is marked as also a quest for ‘authenticity,’ one with which, despite our uneasiness, we may feel some readerly allegiance.’
    • ‘The solicitation of readerly sentiment and engagement in the service of lurid formalism lends itself to the aesthete as much as to the reformer, and is neither moral nor immoral.’
    • ‘This eager anticipation almost mocks readerly expectation as it is simultaneously manipulating it.’
    • ‘The stylistics are invitations to readerly involvement.’
    • ‘There is a plot, and it is brilliant, with the urgent melodrama that exercises the neglected readerly muscles.’
    • ‘Think of how much readerly experience lies behind these few, not especially crucial, sentences!’
    • ‘Brooks posits a natural, readerly desire for endings as a structuring principle in narrative, which proceeds as a ‘movement toward totalization under the mandate of desire’.’
    • ‘This critique of the readerly experience it solicits is what enables the story to function as an affective map for its readers.’
    • ‘So, since I'm in a readerly sort of mood, anybody got any recommendations?’
    • ‘Because tone is always a matter of readerly perception of the relations between word and context, it is difficult, five centuries later, to estimate the differing tonal resonances of the two versions.’
    • ‘They are created through the act of readerly devotion and skepticism.’
    • ‘Few readers will disagree that aesthetic satisfaction is a response to form, though whether form must rebel and/or affirm seems an invitation to other readerly challenges.’
    • ‘In this context, Stowe's strategy to incite readerly outrage by means of a powerful physical empathy created through shared pain emerges as a profoundly ambivalent endeavor.’
    • ‘The self-conscious empiricism of their titles allows them to bestow on their reformed romances the status of lived experience, and therefore to assert their value as vehicles for readerly instruction.’

Pronunciation

readerly

/ˈriːdəli/