- not legible; impossible or hard to read or decipher because of poor handwriting, faded print, etc.: This letter is completely illegible.
Origin of illegible
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Examples from the Web for illegibly
He glared pointedly at the number which was streaked, illegibly, with mud."Persons Unknown"
Besides, most of the names were scrawled so illegibly, that some deceit was evidently intended.The Thirty Years War, Complete
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.Silver Links
- unable to be read or deciphered
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Word Origin and History for illegibly
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