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illegible

[ih-lej-uh-buh l] /ɪˈlɛdʒ ə bəl/
adjective
1.
not legible; impossible or hard to read or decipher because of poor handwriting, faded print, etc.:
This letter is completely illegible.
Origin of illegible
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15; il-2 + legible
Related forms
illegibility, illegibleness, noun
illegibly, adverb
Can be confused
illegible, illiterate, unreadable.
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Examples from the Web for illegibly
Historical Examples
  • He glared pointedly at the number which was streaked, illegibly, with mud.

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • Besides, most of the names were scrawled so illegibly, that some deceit was evidently intended.

    The Thirty Years War, Complete Friedrich Schiller
  • What facts there are are rather like Mrs. Ellicott's handwriting—vague and crossed and illegibly hard to read.

    Young People's Pride Stephen Vincent Benet
  • These grievances, and much more, illegibly scrawled on foreign paper, with a quill pen.

    Mount Music

    E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
  • Practice in misapplying all that you have learned, with a view to writing as illegibly and slowly as possible.

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British Dictionary definitions for illegibly

illegible

/ɪˈlɛdʒɪbəl/
adjective
1.
unable to be read or deciphered
Derived Forms
illegibility, illegibleness, noun
illegibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for illegibly

illegible

adj.

1630s, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + legible. Related: Illegibly; illegibility.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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