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

  • adj. Possible to read or decipher: legible handwriting.
  • adj. Plainly discernible; apparent: legible weaknesses in character and disposition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Being clear enough to be read, readable, particularly for handwriting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being read or deciphered; distinct to the eye; plain; -- used of writing or printing.
  • adj. Capable of being discovered or understood by apparent marks or indications.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That may be read; written plainly or in intelligible characters: as, a legible manuscript.
  • Hence That may be discovered or discerned by marks or indications.
  • Synonyms Readable, recognizable, plain, manifest.

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

  • adj. (of handwriting, print, etc.) capable of being read or deciphered


Middle English, from Late Latin legibilis, from Latin legere, to read; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin legibilisĀ ("that can be read"). (Wiktionary)


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