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intelligible pronunciation
  capable of being understood
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intelligible intelligibility intelligibly
Standard prefix:  The standard prefix "un" in front of some forms of this word, means "not", such as unimportant is not important and unintelligible is not intelligible.
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  • intelligible pronunciation
  • The Director wanted us to feel like we were there, but the dialogue was not intelligible.
  • articulate an intelligible plan
  • (His voice sinks to an unintelligible mumble, over which rises the gabbling voice of Mrs. Soames) Mrs. Soames.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town

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  • Minho stuttered out a few unintelligible words, as if he couldn’t quite decide where to start.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • My voice is ragged and slurry, almost unintelligible.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • They both put their ears to the door, too, waiting to see if something intelligible came through.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Mark nodded, but all Alec did was grunt something unintelligible.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • My mouth opens, but no intelligible sound comes out.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Evan: (unintelligible) Ben: Well, sure.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea

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  • They seemed to bear some unintelligible warning from the world of night, crying and circling overhead as we splashed through the shallows toward the stone giant.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • I held my breath and hoped beyond hope for an intelligible answer.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Later that evening Madame Hoo, chattering in unintelligible Chinese, made it known that she wanted Doug to wear his prize to the Westing house.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • She heard Nora’s voice downstairs, low and unintelligible, and a crowing sound from Sammy.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Words devolve into letters, letters into unintelligible bumps.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I can’t relax, can’t calm down, even as the sounds of the footsteps grow fainter, the bullhorn voice more and more distorted, until it is completely unintelligible.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • I can hear everything: the hum of the street lamps from overhead, crickets chirping, unintelligible voices coming from a television somewhere, and a sound I can’t place right away.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • He said something unintelligible (to me).
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Feigning drowsiness, I murmured something intentionally unintelligible.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Vee murmured something unintelligible that might have been "handbag."
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Sunny was at an age where one mostly speaks in a series of unintelligible shrieks.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • In back was a chalkboard scrawled with foods unintelligible to me: dagsoep, draadjesvlees, kaput ijnerschotel, zuurkoolstamppot.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Our illegal radio, turned too low to be intelligible, was broadcasting the news.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Albert poured himself out a glass of lacryma Christi, which he sipped at intervals, muttering some unintelligible words.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • ’I guessed he uttered those words, at least, though his voice was hardly intelligible.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • He can talk quite intelligibly if he wants to.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Even this became less and less intelligible until the time when Miss Sullivan began to teach me.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Her thought was faint but intelligible.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • It was of little moment, indeed, whether they were intelligible or no; for there was nobody to care for them, had they been ever so plain.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The recording was grainy, but still intelligible.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Homeric man lives in an intelligible world where things mean.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • It is not at all easy to explain in words how one can make intelligible thought-shapes.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • The voices became louder but no more intelligible as the group of men reached the bank.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • In all these cases the children were too young to give any properly intelligible account of themselves, but the consensus of their excuses is that they had been with a "bloofer lady."
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • This reproach of my dependence had become a vague sing-song in my ear: very painful and crushing, but only half intelligible.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Her mother would talk of her views in the same intelligible tone.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • There is no danger of your not being intelligible, which is the first thing.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • These outbreaks of a fierce temper had a kind of value, and even comfort for the mother; because there was at least an intelligible earnestness in the mood, instead of the fitful caprice that so often thwarted her in the child’s manifestations.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Much to his amazement, the harpooner seemed no more intelligible than I had been.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • I answered as loud as I could in several languages, and he often laid his ear within two yards of me: but all in vain, for we were wholly unintelligible to each other.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • My aim throughout has been intelligibility, and as far as the surviving texts allow, a smooth and consistent story.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Fitzgerald has succeeded in making The Iliad readable, an intelligible drama that moves forward steadily.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • But when Le Renard raised his voice in a long and intelligible whoop, it was answered by a spontaneous yell from the mouth of every Indian within hearing of the sound.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • It is so clear and intelligible.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • To a savage, the world is a place of unintelligible miracles where anything is possible to inanimate matter and nothing is possible to him.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • As soon as the whole company was assembled, standing in a wide circle round Treebeard, a curious and unintelligible conversation began.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Sydney, I rather despair of making myself intelligible to you, because you are such an insensible dog.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • —Art, said Stephen, is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • VII I got hold of Mrs. Grose as soon after this as I could; and I can give no intelligible account of how I fought out the interval.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • A striking similitude between the brother and sister now first arrested my attention; and Usher, divining, perhaps, my thoughts, murmured out some few words from which I learned that the deceased and himself had been twins, and that sympathies of a scarcely intelligible nature had always existed between them.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
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