Definition of readerly in English:



  • Relating to a reader.

    ‘he tries one's readerly patience to breaking point’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The stylistics are invitations to readerly involvement.’
    • ‘Our readerly obsession with authorial judgments, psychological and moral, ideological and political, easily misses this paradox inherent in novel writing.’
    • ‘This eager anticipation almost mocks readerly expectation as it is simultaneously manipulating it.’
    • ‘‘There was considerable readerly puzzlement’, as Lawrence Jones puts it in his introduction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This critique of the readerly experience it solicits is what enables the story to function as an affective map for its readers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Think of how much readerly experience lies behind these few, not especially crucial, sentences!’
    • ‘So, since I'm in a readerly sort of mood, anybody got any recommendations?’
    • ‘They function independently, are appropriated by the historical moment, and are subject to the whims of chance, history, and the readerly environment.’
    • ‘They are created through the act of readerly devotion and skepticism.’
    • ‘The gain was in authorial sympathy and readerly involvement, as well as the dispersal of interpretive possibilities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a plot, and it is brilliant, with the urgent melodrama that exercises the neglected readerly muscles.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Somewhere at the far end of all this readerly frustration, it all started to seem funny rather than annoying.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’