Definition of illegible in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈlɛdʒɪb(ə)l/


Not clear enough to be read: his handwriting is totally illegible
More example sentences
  • Then of course is the corps who are always late, scribble on the back of envelopes, and expect others to read illegible handwriting.
  • That done they then had to patiently read almost illegible writing which had eroded over the decades and centuries.
  • Each note was wilder, drunker, harder to read, and eventually illegible.
unreadable, indecipherable, unintelligible, hard to read;
scrawled, scribbled, squiggly, crabbed, hieroglyphic, obscure
informal clear as mud



Pronunciation: /ɪlɛdʒɪˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • The people who'll grade those essays won't have any time to decipher illegibility.
  • The site can do nothing about the levels of error in the originals or the illegibility of some handwritten entries.
  • The well-known illegibility of the prescription scripts frequently makes it impossible for a curious patient even to guess at the nature of the medicament.


Pronunciation: /ɪˈlɛdʒɪb(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • People write illegibly or mumble unintelligibly.
  • An example is illegibly handwritten orders or lack of communication between primary physician and wound care provider that results in patient injury.
  • The last thing a teacher wants to do while correcting mounds of tests is to spend time deciphering what a student has illegibly written.

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