Definition of intelligible in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈteləjəb(ə)l/


1Able to be understood; comprehensible: this would make the system more intelligible to the general public
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.
accessible, digestible, user-friendly, penetrable, fathomable;
formal exoteric
1.1 Philosophy Able to be understood only by the intellect, not by the senses.



Pronunciation: /inˈteləjəblē/
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).

Words that rhyme with intelligible


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Syllabification: in·tel·li·gi·ble

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