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il·leg·i·ble

illegible

 
pronunciation:
ih le j bl
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition: difficult or impossible to read or decipher.
antonyms:
legible, readable
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (adj.)illegible almost, completely, nearly, unfortunately
(adj.)illegible + noun address, ballot, character, chili, clerk, copy, date, den, detail, doctor, entry, essay, fare, form, graffiti, handwriting, hour, image, inscription, letter, mia, mosaic, note, page, paper, passage, pattern, penmanship, piece, postmark, prescription, print, scrap, scrawl, script, sign, signature, slip, stamp, technician, text, witness, word, writing [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivations: illegibly (adv.), illegibility (n.), illegibleness (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word illegible contains the following parts:
il-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix il-2 occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-2 used before roots beginning with "l," such as "leg." See in-2
leg2, lect1, lig Latin root that means gather; choose; read
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable , adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)
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