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[lej-uh-buh l] /ˈlɛdʒ ə bəl/
capable of being read or deciphered, especially with ease, as writing or printing; easily readable.
capable of being discerned or distinguished:
Anger was legible in his looks and behavior.
Origin of legible
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin legibilis; equivalent to leg(ere) to read + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
legibly, adverb
unlegible, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for legibly
Historical Examples
  • The letters are legibly written, and there can be no mistake about any of them.

  • They were but brief and legibly written—the script familiar to him.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • It should be legibly written, so that it may be read with comfort; but no more than that.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • It is written so legibly, too, that I can read it without my glasses.

    The Campers Out Edward S. Ellis
  • Also, fill in the amount of your deposit as plainly, and as legibly as possible.

  • The worst passions were written as legibly there as though they had been labelled.

    There is no Death Florence Marryatt
  • He saw, most legibly written on his own life, that God is never in a hurry.

  • These were the words "friends" and "against," and they were the most legibly written of all.

    The Count's Millions Emile Gaboriau
  • The price of every article was legibly painted in distemper on the walls.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • The novel, as soon as it is legibly written, exists, for what it is worth.

    Play-Making William Archer
British Dictionary definitions for legibly


(of handwriting, print, etc) able to be read or deciphered
able to be discovered; discernible
Derived Forms
legibility, legibleness, noun
legibly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin legibilis, from Latin legere to read
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Word Origin and History for legibly



late 14c., from Late Latin legibilis "that can be read," from Latin legere "to read" (see lecture (n.)). Related: Legibly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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