illegible

When your friend scribbles a note to you and you can’t figure out what it says, it’s because her handwriting is illegible — it’s unreadable.

The adjective illegible is often used to describe handwriting, because people tend to have their own styles and sometimes write in a pretty messy way. But it can also refer to printed words that are faded or for some other reason difficult to read. If you leave a book open in the rain, the print will probably become illegible. If you’re walking in an old graveyard, the writing on the tombstones is often illegible.

Definitions of illegible
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adj (of handwriting, print, etc.) not legible

illegible handwriting”
Synonyms:
dirty, foul, marked-up
(of a manuscript) defaced with changes
indecipherable, unclear, undecipherable, unreadable
not easily deciphered
Antonyms:
legible
(of handwriting, print, etc.) capable of being read or deciphered
clean, fair
(of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections
clear, decipherable, readable
easily deciphered
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