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readable

[ree-duh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. easy or interesting to read.
  2. capable of being read; legible: readable handwriting.
  3. pertaining to letter mail with addresses and zip codes capable of being read by optical scanning devices.
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Origin of readable

First recorded in 1560–70; read1 + -able
Related formsread·a·bly, adverb
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  • Above all things he desires that his work may be clear and readable.

  • They have p. 10not always found antiquities “as readable as print.”

  • Verily all “practised people” do not find “antiquities as readable as print.”

  • From the author of "Creole and Puritan" and other stories; and is very bright and readable.

  • There was no readable expression on her face; he did not expect to see any.

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British Dictionary definitions for readable

readable

adjective
  1. (of handwriting, etc) able to be read or deciphered; legible
  2. (of style of writing) interesting, easy, or pleasant to read
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Derived Formsreadability or readableness, nounreadably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for readable

adj.

1560s, from read (v.) + -able. Related: Readably.

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