Definition of intelligible in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒɪb(ə)l/


1Able to be understood; comprehensible: use vocabulary that is intelligible to your audience a barely intelligible reply
More example sentences
  • Attendees are guaranteed that at least one-third of all words used will be intelligible to the general public.
  • An examination structure, intelligible to pupils, parents and employers, must be a priority as a means of getting these proposals off the ground.
  • The individual cannot make himself intelligible to anybody.
comprehensible, understandable;
easy to understand, accessible, digestible, user-friendly;
lucid, clear, crystal clear, coherent, transparent, plain, simple, perspicuous, explicit, precise, unambiguous, self-explanatory, penetrable, fathomable, graspable
1.1 Philosophy Able to be understood only by the intellect, not by the senses.



Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒɪbli/
Example sentences
  • Are notes articulated clearly and intelligibly?
  • The case can be put quite simply and intelligibly.
  • During their second year, toddlers begin to talk intelligibly and by their second birthday they can happily chatter away.


Late Middle English (also in the sense 'capable of understanding'): from Latin intelligibilis, from intelligere 'understand' (see intelligent).

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