[ lej-uh-buh l ]
/ ˈlɛdʒ ə bəl /


capable of being read or deciphered, especially with ease, as writing or printing; easily readable.
capable of being discerned or distinguished: Anger was legible in his looks and behavior.

Origin of legible

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin legibilis; equivalent to leg(ere) to read + -ibilis -ible

Related forms

leg·i·bly, adverbun·leg·i·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for legible


/ (ˈlɛdʒəbəl) /


(of handwriting, print, etc) able to be read or deciphered
able to be discovered; discernible

Derived Forms

legibility or legibleness, nounlegibly, adverb

Word Origin for legible

C14: from Late Latin legibilis, from Latin legere to read
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