illegible il‧le‧gi‧ble [ɪˈledʒbl] adjective
not written or printed clearly, and difficult or impossible to read:

• Midwest refused to honor the check, saying that the endorsement was illegible.

— opposite legible

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illegible UK US /ɪˈledʒəbl/ adjective
used to describe writing or text that is impossible to read because the letters are not clear, the text is printed badly, etc.: »

Incomplete or illegible claim forms will be deemed invalid.

Compare LEGIBLE(Cf. ↑legible)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Illegible — Il*leg i*ble, a. Incapable of being read; not legible; as, illegible handwriting; an illegible inscription. {Il*leg i*ble*ness}, n. {Il*leg i*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • illegible — index indistinct, unclear Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • illegible — (adj.) 1630s, from assimilated form of IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + LEGIBLE (Cf. legible). Related: Illegibly; illegibility …   Etymology dictionary

  • illegible — [adj] unreadable cacographic, crabbed, cramped, difficult to read, faint, hard to make out*, hieroglyphic, indecipherable, indistinct, obscure, scrawled, unclear, undecipherable, unintelligible; concepts 535,576 Ant. decipherable, legible,… …   New thesaurus

  • illegible — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not clear enough to be read. DERIVATIVES illegibility noun illegibly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • illegible — [i lej′ə bəl] adj. [< IN 2 + LEGIBLE] very difficult or impossible to read because badly written or printed, faded, etc. illegibility n. illegibly adv …   English World dictionary

  • illegible — eligible, illegible These are more likely to be confused in casual speech than in considered writing. Eligible means ‘fit or entitled to be chosen’ (eligible for a pension) or ‘desirable, suitable’ (an eligible bachelor). Illegible means ‘(of… …   Modern English usage

  • illegible — adjective Date: 1580 not legible ; indecipherable < illegible writing > • illegibility noun • illegibly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • illegible — illegibility, illegibleness, n. illegibly, adv. /i lej euh beuhl/, adj. not legible; impossible or hard to read or decipher because of poor handwriting, faded print, etc.: This letter is completely illegible. [1605 15; IL 2 + LEGIBLE] * * * …   Universalium

  • illegible — See illegible, unreadable …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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