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  1. Also read·a·ble·ness. the state or quality of being readable.
  2. Typography. the property of type that affects the ease with which printed matter can be read for a sustained period.Compare legibility(def 2).
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Origin of readability

First recorded in 1835–45; readable + -ity
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Examples from the Web for readability

Historical Examples of readability

  • For readability, the footnotes have been moved to the end of the relevant chapter.

    The Classification of Patents

    United States Patent Office

  • This is presumed to represent "you" and has been expanded as such for readability.


    Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson

  • Any changes that vary from the original were minor and essential for readability.

  • Oddities that did not affect the correctness or readability of the text have been retained.

    Long Odds

    Harold Bindloss

  • In some cases, information has been rearranged for readability.

Word Origin and History for readability


1829, from readable + -ity.

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