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  • n. The property that makes legible or easily readable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being legible; legibleness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Capability of being read; legibleness.

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

  • n. a quality of writing (print or handwriting) that can be easily read
  • n. distinctness that makes perception easy


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • And looking at the handwriting, the legibility is a direct correlation to the speed of the song at the time.

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  • I don't care a whit about photos, graphics or other layout issues (of course, legibility is a plus).

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  • In Poe's story, the cryptic assertion that a particular book does not allow itself to be read becomes part of a larger structure of self-reference in which legibility is no longer a factor of clarity or obscurity.

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  • Jamie Zawinski has written a perl script to convert blocks of normal text into text where letters excluding the first and last are "scrmabled," to prove the point that legibility is only marginally affected by altering spelling of words, provided that first/last letters are left intact.

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  • The color PalmOS devices use a backlit screen -- legibility is therefore a function of how much brighter the backlight is than the ambient light.

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  • A large x-height often allows type to be used at smaller sizes, but also means that more leading (space between lines) is required to maintain legibility.

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  • Since the second page was a bit hard to read, I enhanced it for legibility, which is the image on the right.

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  • Here, plainly, the meaning is, that every one reading the vision should be alarmed by it, and should fly from the impending calamity: and although this involves the notion of legibility and clearness, that notion is the secondary, and not the primary one, as those persons make it who misquote in the manner stated above.

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  • There could be no well-founded objection to any change, in the interests of legibility, that is not so far-reaching as to make the whole alphabet look foreign and unfamiliar.

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  • It surely is not amiss to call the legibility of a book a higher good than its shape, size, or weight, though in each of these some quality of the book is expressed.

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