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readable Line breaks: read|able
Pronunciation: /ˈriːdəb(ə)l/

Definition of readable in English:


1Able to be read or deciphered; legible: a code which is readable by a computer readable copies of very old newspapers
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  • My only issue is how to get readable text over the stripes - none of the colours I've tried show up well enough.
  • In addition to copious notes he modernised punctuation and spelling to make a more readable text.
  • It's fine for snippets, but such long and interesting articles need more readable text.
legible, easy to read, decipherable, easily deciphered, clear, intelligible, understandable, comprehensible, easy to understand
1.1Easy or enjoyable to read: a marvellously readable book
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  • The text is eminently readable and supported by detailed citations and a voluminous index.
  • As a consequence, the text is more readable than most encyclopedic treatments.
  • As a result, the text is readable and useful as a source for practitioners as well as teachers and students.
enjoyable, entertaining, interesting, absorbing, engaging, gripping, enthralling, engrossing, compulsive, stimulating;
worth reading, well written
informal unputdownable
2(Of data or a storage medium or device) capable of being processed or interpreted by a computer or other electronic device.
Example sentences
  • They are only readable by the specific program.
  • Iraq's government has only been making the new, electronically readable "G" series passports since April.
  • It won't write out to disk as a special word file that is only readable by the word program.


Example sentences
  • While I am glad these folk had something readably interesting to share, I'm not just a little jealous!
  • Following this startling testimony of how therapy is taking over our lives, he readably marshals a wide range of criticisms of how therapeutic thinking is influencing the wider culture.
  • The author deserves great credit for his vast labours in unearthing this long buried data and for presenting it professionally and above all readably.
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