[ree-duh-buh l]


easy or interesting to read.
capable of being read; legible: readable handwriting.
pertaining to letter mail with addresses and zip codes capable of being read by optical scanning devices.

Origin of readable

First recorded in 1560–70; read1 + -able
Related formsread·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of readable

Historical Examples of readable

  • Above all things he desires that his work may be clear and readable.

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

  • They have p. 10not always found 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.

    Storm Over Warlock

    Andre Norton

British Dictionary definitions for readable



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

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

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