illegible

[ ih-lej-uh-buh l ]
/ ɪˈlɛdʒ ə bəl /

adjective

not legible; impossible or hard to read or decipher because of poor handwriting, faded print, etc.: This letter is completely illegible.

Nearby words

  1. illegal alien,
  2. illegal procedure,
  3. illegality,
  4. illegalize,
  5. illegally,
  6. illegit,
  7. illegitimacy,
  8. illegitimate,
  9. illegitimatize,
  10. illegitimize

Origin of illegible

First recorded in 1605–15; il-2 + legible

Related formsil·leg·i·bil·i·ty, il·leg·i·ble·ness, nounil·leg·i·bly, adverb

Can be confusedillegible illiterate unreadable

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British Dictionary definitions for illegibly

illegible

/ (ɪˈlɛdʒɪbəl) /

adjective

unable to be read or deciphered
Derived Formsillegibility or illegibleness, nounillegibly, 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.

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