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readable

[ree-duh-buh l] /ˈri də bəl/
adjective
1.
easy or interesting to read.
2.
capable of being read; legible:
readable handwriting.
3.
pertaining to letter mail with addresses and zip codes capable of being read by optical scanning devices.
Origin of readable
1560-1570
First recorded in 1560-70; read1 + -able
Related forms
readably, adverb
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  • Above all things he desires that his work may be clear and readable.

  • Verily all “practised people” do not find “antiquities as readable as print.”

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • They have p. 10not always found antiquities “as readable as print.”

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • From the author of "Creole and Puritan" and other stories; and is very bright and readable.

  • There was no readable expression on her face; he did not expect to see any.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
British Dictionary definitions for readable

readable

/ˈriːdəbəl/
adjective
1.
(of handwriting, etc) able to be read or deciphered; legible
2.
(of style of writing) interesting, easy, or pleasant to read
Derived Forms
readability, readableness, noun
readably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for readable
adj.

1560s, from read (v.) + -able. Related: Readably.

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