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Tip of the week

Is that legible or readable?

This tip is taken from our Writing Tips collection.

legible, readable

Legible and readable signify that something can be easily deciphered or read.

  • The student's handwritten essay was barely legible.
  • Make your speaking notes more readable: type them in a large font.

Readable also refers to a text that is interesting to read.

  • I find Thomas King's novels very readable.