- capable of being understood; comprehensible; clear: an intelligible response.
- Philosophy. apprehensible by the mind only; conceptual.
Origin of intelligible
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Examples from the Web for intelligible
Koon: His arms were at his side and the first words that were intelligible that I heard him audible at that time.L.A. Riots Anniversary: Stacey Koon’s Disturbing Testimony
April 28, 2012
The generous "twinge of pain," to which she confesses, was intelligible.De Libris: Prose and Verse
To make this intelligible to the English, some comments are necessary.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
It further happened that Mrs Plornish, not being philosophical, was intelligible.Little Dorrit
He would find it noisy and tedious, even if it were intelligible.
You will therefore find it intelligible that reasonable men cannot break our laws.Freeland
- able to be understood; comprehensible
- capable of being apprehended by the mind or intellect alone
- (in metaphysical systems such as those of Plato or Kant) denoting that metaphysical realm which is accessible to the intellect as opposed to the world of mere phenomena accessible to the senses
Word Origin and History for intelligible
late 14c., "able to understand," from Latin intelligibilis, intellegibilis "that can understand, that can be understood," from intellegere "to understand" (see intelligence). In English, sense of "capable of being understood" first recorded c.1600. Related: Intelligibly.