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intelligible

[ in-tel-i-juh-buhl ]
/ ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒə bəl /
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adjective
capable of being understood; comprehensible; clear: an intelligible response.
Philosophy. apprehensible by the mind only; conceptual.
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Origin of intelligible

1350–1400; Middle English from Latin intelligibilis, equivalent to intellig- (see intelligent) + -ibilis -ible

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British Dictionary definitions for intelligible

intelligible
/ (ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒəbəl) /

adjective
able to be understood; comprehensible
philosophy
  1. capable of being apprehended by the mind or intellect alone
  2. (in metaphysical systems such as those of Plato or Kant) denoting that metaphysical realm which is accessible to the intellect as opposed to the world of mere phenomena accessible to the senses

Derived forms of intelligible

intelligibility or intelligibleness, nounintelligibly, adverb

Word Origin for intelligible

C14: from Latin intellegibilis; see intellect
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