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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality or character of being intelligible; capability of being understood.
  • noun The property of possessing intelligence or understanding; intellection.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • The quality or state of being intelligible; clearness; perspicuity; definiteness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun That which is intelligible; the degree to which something is intelligible.
  • noun The quality of recorded speech of every word being understandable.

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

  • noun the quality of language that is comprehensible


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  • So considering that intelligibility is as much a feature of the listener as it is of the speaker, how could we expect to use communication breakdowns as a motivation to teach pronunciation?

    P is for Pronunciation « An A-Z of ELT 2010

  • It seems wonderful how a people we are accustomed to look upon as ignorant, benighted and undeveloped, can learn to talk English with a certain degree of fluency and intelligibility from the short intercourse held once a year with a few passing ships.

    The First Landing on Wrangel Island With Some Remarks on the Northern Inhabitants 1871

  • (Of course, changing the mouth like that can also effect intelligibility, which is why it can be hard to understand what sopranos are singing in the high passages, but that's what surtitles are for, isn't it?)

    Sing out, Louise! ewillett 2007

  • I can now, for the first time, give to my opinions that degree of intelligibility, which is requisite for their introduction as hypotheses; the experiments above related, understood as in the common mode of thinking, prove that the magnetic influence flows in length, the electric fluid by suffusion, and that chemical agency (whatever the main agent may be) is qualitative and _in intimis_.

    Hints towards the formation of a more comprehensive theory of life. Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1803

  • For them -- for indeed, most of the time at least, the author of Being and Time -- all there is to say about Sein is that it is 'intelligibility'*.

    Archive 2007-04-01 enowning 2007

  • 'It very explicitly describes Nature as possessing an "intelligibility" and that there is no separation between Man and Nature, precisely because there is no separation between the natural world and God.

    Belmont Club 2010

  • My Korean students rated her poorly on "intelligibility" but found her PowerPoint slides pretty snazzy. 2009

  • Benjamin is one of those theorists whose writing is always two steps to the left of intelligibility.

    Real-Time Book Blogging! « Tales from the Reading Room 2009

  • But it does mean that in contemporary historiography, the sign of history has become less the real than the intelligible, an intelligibility achieved through the production of historiographical discourse according to narrativist principles, hence always flirting with the “fictive” that is intrinsic to the operation of narrative.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Taking the Washington Post to School 2010

  • If you take the greatest divergent Arabic dialects, say from opposite ends of the geographic spectrum – Morocco (probably the “weirdest” Arabic dialect due to so much Romance and colonial influence, as well as Berber, and isolation, etc) and Iraqi Arabic, there is a level of mutual intelligibility.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Arabic Language Expertise in the Military 2010


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