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noun, plural in·tel·li·gi·bil·i·ties for 2.
  1. the quality or condition of being intelligible; capability of being understood.
  2. something intelligible.
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Origin of intelligibility

First recorded in 1600–10; intelligible + -ity
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Examples from the Web for intelligibility

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Historical Examples

  • This transferableness depends upon its intelligibility and credit.

  • There is rich and clear relief, and intelligibility of design in this work.

  • I have done what I could for the first kind of intelligibility.

  • Everything was sacrificed to popularity and intelligibility.

    Allan Ramsay

    William Henry Oliphant Smeaton

  • Interference was scrambling the telecast waves beyond hope of intelligibility.

    Beyond The Thunder

    H. B. Hickey

Word Origin and History for intelligibility


1670s, from intelligible + -ity.

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