illegible vs unreadable

illegible unreadable


  • 1) Not clear enough to be read; unreadable; not legible or decipherable.
  • 2) Not legible or decipherable.
  • 3) Incapable of being read; not legible
  • 4) (of handwriting, print, etc.) not legible
  • 5) Incapable of being read; obscure or defaced so as not to be decipherable; loosely, hard to read.


  • 1) That cannot be read or is not easy to read.
  • 2) Not sufficiently interesting to be worth reading.
  • 3) Unsuitable for or not worth reading.
  • 4) Incomprehensible; opaque.
  • 5) Not legible or decipherable; illegible.
  • 6) Not interesting; dull.
  • 7) not easily deciphered
  • 8) Notreadable.


  • 1) Halfway down the second page, my handwriting becomes illegible.
  • 2) The napkin, blurred and illegible, and the letter clear as day.
  • 3) I blamed this on the artist, whose illegible signature appeared in the corner at the far end of the mural.
  • 4) Ramses ' hieroglyphic hand was extremely elegant, in striking contrast to his English handwriting, which was practically illegible.
  • 5) Most pernicious consequences [would follow (?) _ -- illegible in MS_.] and many other districts would be disloyal and rebellious; and it would be necessary, when they should have sufficient religious instruction, to go back and win them and [_illegible in MS_.] anew.
  • 6) Why do you say that? she asks, her expression illegible in the dark.
  • 7) Your letter of June 18th from [gap word illegible] is at hand.
  • 8) Warning: when they check the signatures the term "illegible" is often used quite liberally and they may try to discard MANY signatures with that bogus claim.
  • 9) The words on the banner were illegible from the sidewalk, but from office windows inside the tower the slogan on the banner could be clearly read: “Global warming kills more people than 9/11 every week.”
  • 10) It hadn't really occurred to me before that you could have serif, sans serif, modern and antique Korean typefaces before (because I'd never really thought about it) and I began to realise that I'd only ever seen 'foreign' type on documents intended for western audiences - hence Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Arabic always looked 'traditional' (the way 'ye olde' English is always rendered in illegible Germanic type, I suppose.)
  • 11) To print books is a little more difficult, because genius so often rejoices in illegible handwriting.
  • 12) Indeed, it has only one drawback, and that probably is regarded as an advantage by the profesors; it is that one's mistakes may be detected at a glance; for there is no chance to hide them in illegible writing.
  • 13) These Navy awards were a result of an assault behind enemy lines in which the SEAL unit was sent in to free friendly Vietnamese who were held captive an {one word illegible} in which half of the Americans were lost in combat.
  • 14) ‘Then of course is the corps who are always late, scribble on the back of envelopes, and expect others to read illegible handwriting.’
  • 15) ‘That done they then had to patiently read almost illegible writing which had eroded over the decades and centuries.’
  • 16) ‘Each note was wilder, drunker, harder to read, and eventually illegible.’
  • 17) ‘It was tied up with string and read in scribbled, almost illegible, penmanship.’
  • 18) ‘In no time, it was full of illegible lines and squiggles.’
  • 19) ‘Clawing through those initial pages with their illegible scrawl and phonetically terrestrial sounds required the tenacity of a saint.’
  • 20) ‘There were also some illegible words scrawled in black marker across one work.’
  • 21) ‘It didn't matter that the rest of the sentence consisted of illegible runic symbols - I had read enough.’
  • 22) ‘The larger portion of the letters are illegible and the text has been reversed and cannot be read.’
  • 23) ‘In Ryan's nearly illegible scrawl was her name on the package.’
  • 24) ‘You might think it looks more impressive that way, but it's just irritatingly illegible and uninterpretable.’
  • 25) ‘The bottom half of the paper was in Ian's nearly illegible scrawl.’
  • 26) ‘Darron's almost illegible hand writing was scribbled across the page.’
  • 27) ‘His hand was shaking so much as he unfolded the paper that it was hard to focus on the words written in Sam's familiar illegible scrawl.’
  • 28) ‘I glanced at where Davis was pointing at in illegible signature scrawled in the bottom right-hand corner.’
  • 29) ‘It had no label, only a sticker scrawled with illegible handwriting.’
  • 30) ‘A piece of paper with an illegible scrawling on it sat on a desk, along with a pen and a bottle of ink.’
  • 31) ‘The writing pieces around the bag of melted ice had ink smudges all over them, enough for it to be illegible.’
  • 32) ‘Now parts of it are difficult to read, and the signatures and notary stamp are nearly illegible.’
  • 33) ‘Out of the two forms I gave you, you have lost one, and rendered the other all but illegible?’


  • 1) Books are unreadable as soon as the light of the sun disappears behind the distant mountains.
  • 2) The ineffable in poetry is almost always the unreadable.
  • 3) Use staples or sticky tape because glue may make the form unreadable.
  • 4) Use staples or sticky tape as some glue makes the forms unreadable.
  • 5) Please use staples or sticky tape as glue can make the form unreadable.
  • 6) To be fair, adding them would probably have made the book unreadable and certainly unmanageable.
  • 7) The painting is almost unreadable close up, but when we step back we admire its sheer powers of organisation.
  • 8) This book risks being unreadable.
  • 9) And this book is unreadable.
  • 10) The animal sculptures particularly benefit from this: those that are enigmatic and virtually unreadable in still photographs spring to life when viewed in the round.
  • 11) She rolled toward him, her expression unreadable as she stared at him for several heartbeats and then finally shook her head.
  • 12) He sat at the opposite side of the table from Nero, his expression unreadable due to the fact that his face was concealed by a smooth oval mask of flawless black glass.
  • 13) There's no contrast between the font color and the background, making the title unreadable on a shelf.
  • 14) “I know you did,” Lucien said, his expression unreadable, his exhaustion-etched face still.
  • 15) ‘Her handwriting is chicken scratches, illegible and unreadable.’
  • 16) ‘Some retailers have only grudgingly implemented it, in some cases by using a typeface which is small enough to be unreadable.’
  • 17) ‘These problems do not make African Rock Art unreadable, however, and the writing is clear enough for nonspecialists to understand.’
  • 18) ‘Physicians are often accused of having unreadable handwriting.’
  • 19) ‘His attention caught by the news, Skylar glanced up from his unreadable handwriting and stared at the front of the classroom, knowing who would be standing half hidden behind the teacher.’
  • 20) ‘The door was open, there were some books pilled up in his desk, along with messy papers filled with unreadable handwriting.’
  • 21) ‘An unreadable scrawl that took hours to decipher.’
  • 22) ‘The pages were scrawled with unreadable shorthand, quotes he would later unsuccessfully attempt to decipher, let alone match to any of the news stories he was supposed to be working on.’
  • 23) ‘The nurse replied, flipping through some paperwork and scribbling in that unreadable language of health care providers.’
  • 24) ‘Scribbling an unreadable note that I attach to the fridge, I glance about for my wrist guards.’
  • 25) ‘He has served papers upon the Crown in which his address has been either obscured or certainly made unreadable.’
  • 26) ‘But it's the language I never found out how to read… it's… unreadable to me.’
  • 27) ‘The man held up his warrant card, even though the laser reflections from shiny clear plastic made it quite unreadable.’
  • 28) ‘He accessed the file - unreadable junk, nothing but hieroglyphics and squiggles on the screen.’
  • 29) ‘Handwritten communications that are unreadable are annoying and worthless.’
  • 30) ‘You have no doubt seen people whose signatures are nothing more than scribbles, yet even those unreadable scratch marks are valid.’
  • 31) ‘But the Aston has its own annoying points, like the pretentiously styled dashboard on which the buttons are fiddly and the digital displays are unreadable in direct sunlight.’
  • 32) ‘Trouble was, the bulk of the collection was unreadable: blackened, scorched and damaged, ancient treasures beyond the reach of human eyes.’
  • 33) ‘The type on the map I was using was completely unreadable, and forced me to do the unthinkable: pull over at a gas station and ask for directions!’
  • 34) ‘Teesside Magistrates Court was told that trading standards officials also found foods whose use-by dates were either unreadable or non-existent.’
  • 35) ‘I found it by turns, unreadable, incoherent, breathtakingly dull, or positively disturbing.’
  • 36) ‘First, they began to lecture about, and write about, stuff that everyone else found pretty much unreadable and dead boring.’
  • 37) ‘Although the young invited audience had been given a copy of the constitution, a large majority confessed that it was unreadable and incomprehensible.’
  • 38) ‘Some heralded his Soul Mountain as a great novel, but others found it unreadable.’
  • 39) ‘Other contributors have written in such a boring way that their work is virtually unreadable.’
  • 40) ‘So why was I reading Kristof if I've already said he's unreadable?’
  • 41) ‘… Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.’
  • 42) ‘If you haven't learnt the craft and you produce a lot of unreadable garbage then people won't read you.’
  • 43) ‘That novel, about two competing writers, one a vacuous success, the other a brilliant but unreadable failure, has a lot to say about the literary life, both the successful and unsuccessful kind.’
  • 44) ‘One is that no matter what the book is, no matter how dumb or bad or painful or unreadable it may seem to you, there is going to be someone out there who will like it and get pleasure from it, and you need to respect that.’
  • 45) ‘It is widely agreed in publishing circles (on the basis of countless years of experience) that many of these manuscripts will be unreadable, unpublishable junk.’
  • 46) ‘I find Woodward's breathless you-are-there insider accounts written in his trademark leaden prose to be virtually unreadable.’
  • 47) ‘Despite the fact that it contains some interesting arguments about theatre's role in a society driven mad by the pursuit of wealth and power, it is, unfortunately, almost unreadable.’
  • 48) ‘With the gutter, I feel at least it has a usefulness even at its lowest level, at least it's entertaining; at its lowest level, literary stuff is unreadable.’
  • 49) ‘It's not that hard to make money - and it is worth it if it frees you from a poisonous environment which is turning your output into unreadable junk which has no value.’
  • 50) ‘In fact there are very good reasons why unread - or more or less unreadable - art critics continue to write regular columns for reputable newspapers.’
  • 51) ‘Among the 20th century authors whose works I find mostly unreadable are two who inspire many people with a devotion and respect which are, to me, quite inexplicable.’
  • 52) ‘The man is so full of hatred, vitriol and self-loathing that it is all beginning to seep into his columns so much that they have become almost unreadable.’
  • 53) ‘In fact, the entire story was disjointed and unreadable.’
  • 54) ‘It seems odd that a poet so keen - perhaps even desperate - to reach across time, to provide us with such realism, should do so by writing wilfully unreadable poems.’
  • 55) ‘All 8 Black Boxes were supposedly destroyed or haven't been recovered or were unreadable.’
  • 56) ‘You state you want to make your "personal information" unreadable.’
  • 57) ‘For example, dust on the recording surface can result in portions of the data that are unreadable.’
  • 58) ‘Email encryption wraps a secure layer around messages and attachments, making them unreadable by anyone except their intended recipients.’
  • 59) ‘And I ended up losing the Amstrad disk, which was some weird, unreadable proprietary brand anyway.’
  • 60) ‘The result of these techniques is to split spam words that make them unreadable by dictionary-based scanning tools.’
  • 61) ‘Then, the system starts doing some file transfers, and the display becomes completely unreadable.’
  • 62) ‘The file shredder's mission is to scramble files before deletion, making them garbled and unreadable.’
  • 63) ‘Sometimes this may even result in unreadable output.’
  • 64) ‘While the backup tape existed (or so they said) it was apparently unreadable.’
  • 65) ‘The secret surfing programs also add a layer of encryption, ensuring that messages are scrambled in transit and are thus unreadable.’
  • 66) ‘Let me know if it's unreadable in any browsers.’

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