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intelligible

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Definition capable of being understood
  • intelligible pronunciation
  • articulate an intelligible plan
  • The Director wanted us to feel like we were there, but the dialogue was not intelligible.
  • (His voice sinks to an unintelligible mumble, over which rises the gabbling voice of Mrs. Soames) Mrs. Soames.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • unintelligible = not capable of being understood
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unintelligible means not and reverses the meaning of intelligible. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • She tried to say something, but it was unintelligible.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unintelligible means not and reverses the meaning of intelligible. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Yet the answer did not seem sensible, intelligible.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Two rapid, deafening bursts of automatic gunfire preceded unintelligible commands over the speakers, shouted in Russian.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unintelligible means not and reverses the meaning of intelligible. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • His screams were all the worse for being unintelligible.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unintelligible means not and reverses the meaning of intelligible. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • His words were slurred, unintelligible.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unintelligible means not and reverses the meaning of intelligible. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • He coloured, and stammered out an unintelligible reply.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unintelligible means not and reverses the meaning of intelligible. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • I held my breath and hoped beyond hope for an intelligible answer.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • What are they saying to one another in this unintelligible Kurdish dialect?
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unintelligible means not and reverses the meaning of intelligible. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • But that's perfectly intelligible.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unintelligible means not and reverses the meaning of intelligible. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • The recording was grainy, but still intelligible.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • My voice is ragged and slurry, almost unintelligible.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unintelligible means not and reverses the meaning of intelligible. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • She squeezed Carol's hand, said something unintelligible, stumbled up into the vestibule.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unintelligible means not and reverses the meaning of intelligible. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • In back was a chalkboard scrawled with foods unintelligible to me: dagsoep, draadjesvlees, kaput ijnerschotel, zuurkoolstamppot.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unintelligible means not and reverses the meaning of intelligible. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Instead he turned his head away into the pillow, and soon he was murmuring his unintelligible scraps.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unintelligible means not and reverses the meaning of intelligible. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • —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

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