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  1. Also leg·i·ble·ness. the state or quality of being legible.
  2. Also called visibility. Typography. the quality of type that affects the perceptibility of a word, line, or paragraph of printed matter.Compare readability(def 2).
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Origin of legibility

First recorded in 1670–80; legible + -ity
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Related Words for legibility

simplicity, brightness, certainty, precision, purity, transparency, lucidity, accuracy, directness, perspicuity, evidence, articulateness, openness, lucidness, perceptibility, palpability, pellucidity, exactness, tangibility, plainness

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Historical Examples of legibility

  • The writing is remarkable for its legibility and freedom from erasure.

    The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete

    Duc de Saint-Simon

  • He should be as brief as possible, consistent with legibility.

  • Legibility, neatness, and clearness are the salient virtues of a letter.

  • In this field there is room for type the chief merit of which is apart from its legibility.

    The Booklover and His Books

    Harry Lyman Koopman

  • In regard to the small letters he found a like difference in legibility.

    The Booklover and His Books

    Harry Lyman Koopman

Word Origin and History for legibility


1670s; see legible + -ity.

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