Definition of legible in US English:



  • (of handwriting or print) clear enough to read.

    ‘the original typescript is scarcely legible’
    • ‘It will be clear and legible both for singers and musicians.’
    • ‘This book has an attractive look to it, with a legible typeface and good layout.’
    • ‘Records that were not legible or understandable could not be assessed for appropriateness.’
    • ‘As we sifted through the wreckage, I came across the charred but legible number plate - it was Polish!’
    • ‘Half of the phrases are printed in reverse so that they are legible only when read from the other side of the cylinder.’
    • ‘The menu controls in the viewfinder are equally bright, sharp and legible.’
    • ‘The inscriptions on the dials of the clock tower were no longer legible.’
    • ‘Fortunately the eight legible digits provide enough information to enable you to supply the missing figures.’
    • ‘He used the name Harris and wrote a barely legible address in Nottinghamshire.’
    • ‘I stared at the note, wishing that the mystery person had more legible handwriting.’
    • ‘When he filled out the paperwork, his hand was so shaky that his name and address were hardly legible.’
    • ‘The artistic style in some cases overshadows the writings, no matter how clean and legible the writings are.’
    • ‘Short correspondence like thank-you notes can be handwritten if your handwriting is legible.’
    • ‘I continued reading past the scribbles, where the handwriting once again became legible.’
    • ‘Her neat handwriting was flowing and legible, nothing like my slanted scrawl.’
    • ‘My signature takes longer to sign than most, because I've always tried to make my name legible.’
    • ‘If they were to inspect it closely, they would find a large crack across the top cutting through an inscription which is now barely legible.’
    • ‘Strange visual features include photographs of letters reproduced so small as to be barely legible.’
    • ‘Health staff must ensure all handwritten records are legible, dated and signed.’
    • ‘But if the note is made legible they hope it could provide further information.’
    readable, easily read, easy to read, decipherable, easily deciphered, clear, distinct, plain, carefully written, neat, sharp, vivid, intelligible, understandable, comprehensible
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Late Middle English: from late Latin legibilis, from legere ‘to read’.