Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capable of being understood: an intelligible set of directions.
  • adj. Capable of being apprehended by the intellect alone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. capable of being understood; clear to the mind

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Capable of being understood or comprehended

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That can be understood; capable of being apprehended by the intellect or understanding; comprehensible.
  • In the Kantian philosophy, capable of being apprehended by the understanding only; incapable of being given in sense or applied to it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. well articulated or enunciated, and loud enough to be heard distinctly
  • adj. capable of being apprehended or understood

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin intellegibilis, intelligibilis, from intellegere, to perceive; see intelligent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin intelligibilis. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • These principles and causes are what we call the intelligible or the real world; and the sensations, when they have been so interpreted and underpinned, are what we call experience.

    The Life of Reason

  • This admission involves, consciously or unconsciously, the admission of all the principles contended for in 'Life and Habit'; principles which, if admitted, make the facts of heredity intelligible by showing that they are of the same character as other facts which we call intelligible, but denial of which makes nonsense of half the terms in common use concerning it.

    Evolution, Old & New Or, the Theories of Buffon, Dr. Erasmus Darwin and Lamarck, as compared with that of Charles Darwin

  • Here now is the extreme limit of all moral inquiry, and it is of great importance to determine it even on this account, in order that reason may not on the one band, to the prejudice of morals, seek about in the world of sense for the supreme motive and an interest comprehensible but empirical; and on the other hand, that it may not impotently flap its wings without being able to move in the (for it) empty space of transcendent concepts which we call the intelligible world, and so lose itself amidst chimeras.

    The Afghan Tragedy

  • Here now is the extreme limit of all moral inquiry, and it is of great importance to determine it even on this account, in order that reason may not on the one hand, to the prejudice of morals, seek about in the world of sense for the supreme motive and an interest comprehensible but empirical; and on the other hand, that it may not impotently flap its wings without being able to move in the (for it) empty space of transcendent concepts which we call the intelligible world, and so lose itself amidst chimeras.

    Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals. Third Section: Transition from Metaphysic of Morals to the Critique of Pure Practical Reason.

  • Almost all my sorrow, and wasted money, has resulted from not writing down, in intelligible form, what I handloaded and how it did.

    How Handloading Can Improve Your Love Life

  • If information is data in intelligible (or translatable) form, it must be something the information processor (in this case, the moth) can make use of for its own survival or to guide its own processes.

    Death of a popular anti-ID argument

  • The younger you are, it seems the less intelligence is passed down, thus the decline in intelligible television.

    The Current State Of Science Fiction On Tv

  • Did the flatpack contain intelligible instructions?

    One of these days… » 2003 » November » 04

  • Our hero, with the assistance of Saunders Saunderson, escorted the Baron of Bradwardine to his own dwelling, but could not prevail upon him to retire to bed until he had made a long and learned apology for the events of the evening, of which, however, there was not a word intelligible, except something about the Centaurs and the

    Waverley

  • We must just have faith enough to strive honestly till then, even though the reason and the motive cannot be spoken in intelligible words.

    Selections from the Letters of Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury to Jane Welsh Carlyle

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