Definition of readability in US English:



  • 1The quality of being legible or decipherable.

    ‘adding or removing space between lines can drastically improve readability’
    • ‘At small sizes, the font is a disaster, compromising both legibility and readability.’
    • ‘For readability, I usually place each field on a separate line.’
    • ‘Large type and high contrast ensure perfect readability.’
    • ‘Online journal developers are well advised to take printing format and readability of printouts into consideration.’
    • ‘You can also use the conventional black texts with white backgrounds to ensure readability.’
    • ‘This improves the readability of the Web page, especially for those who may be visually impaired.’
    • ‘Another practical concern is readability of the musical examples.’
    • ‘Sometimes printing instead of cursive writing can improve readability.’
    • ‘In print, there has been a school of thought that suggests serifs improve the readability of large texts.’
    • ‘The higher resolution of the PDF pages should improve readability compared to HTML pages.’
    1. 1.1 The quality of being easy or enjoyable to read.
      ‘her prose combines lyricism with readability’
      • ‘Readability tests can be performed by computer.’
      • ‘This readability allows readers less familiar with the arguments to rapidly acquaint themselves with the usual analysis of capitalism's post-war golden era.’
      • ‘Readability scores are easy to obtain by using computerized grammar and style checking software programs.’
      • ‘His writing is marked both by clarity and readability.’
      • ‘Additional editing would vastly improve the readability of the book without altering its content.’
      • ‘The National Council of Teachers of English advise against uncritical use of readability formulas in assessing text for school use.’
      • ‘To enhance readability among non-academic audiences, the author chose not to place footnotes and citations in the text.’
      • ‘The diaries' readability is considerably enhanced by the two-stage compositional methods she developed.’
      • ‘His down to earth humor and easy readability is refreshing!’
      • ‘The book, with compelling lucidity, draws the reader into a rare mix of erudite scholarship and sheer readability.’
      • ‘Quick and easy readability is the goal.’