1. capable of being read or deciphered, esp. with ease, as writing or printing; easily readable.
2. capable of being discerned or distinguished: Anger was legible in his looks and behavior.
illegible, ineligible, legible, readable, unreadable (adjs.)
Legible and readable are synonyms used to say that something is physically in such condition as to permit it to be read, but legible is essentially limited to that meaning, as in The signpost was so faded as to be scarcely legible,
whereas readable has a more general sense of accessibility, including interest and attractiveness and the idea of ease of reading, as in Her prose style was informal and very readable.
A piece of writing can be illegible if the handwriting is impossible to decipher, if the ink has faded, or the like. A piece of writing can be unreadable because of illegibility or because it is too dull, too full of hard words, too badly punctuated, or simply senseless.
A visual or tongue-twisting metathesis could conceivably cause illegible and ineligible ("not qualified, not suitable") to be interchanged accidentally.
Don’t let it happen.
As Eliza makes legible the mysteries of the sefirot, her brother and mother's behavior becomes increasingly garbled.
Stung by the fickleness of his father's own primal energies (Gere's performance strikes a perfect balance of jocular egotism and striver edginess),
Hebrew-school ace Aaron goes impulse shopping at first a church and then, more pivotally, an ashram after a chance encounter with Hare Krishna sylph Chali (Kate Bosworth), who brightly intones, "Something's missing... from your life."
Same goes for chronically anguished mom Miriam (Juliette Binoche), who's beset by flashbacks to her parents' death in a car accident and keeps finding herself in strangers' apartments.
Oddly, the movie internalizes Daddy's formidable self-regard by presenting Aaron and Miriam's spiritual disarray as a mess of Saul's own making, while Aaron's absurdly petulant reaction to his pensive little sister's spelling tutorials leaves his bhakti in serious doubt.
as the elderly Buñuel did in “That Obscure Object of Desire,” into shameless, surreal anagram[s] of [wit] and [lust].
given cotyledon, calligraphic plant life [sprouts] from her flowered blouse.
They all lived in a kind of hieroglyphic world. The real thing was never said or done or even thought, but only represented by as set of arbitrary signs.
its hieroglyphics are [vividly] rendered, but Bee Season never manages to spell them out.
of the ancient Scandinavian
Just as The Deep Endnearly drowned in its liquid symbolism, Bee Season indulges many a [runic] omen—the [portentous] credit sequence tracks a massive letter A dangling from a helicopter,
Spare me your dissembling and relinquish the forbidden gazette.
Seven of these have appeared under the magazine’s [rubric] "Shouts and Murmurs,"