illegible illegible  /ɪ ˈlɛ dʒə bəl/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) (of handwriting, print, etc.) not legible

Usage(s):

  1. Many such errors result from unclear abbreviations and dosage indications and illegible writing on some of the 3.
  2. Before his death in 1995, the amount began accumulating so fast that the last seven digits became totally illegible.
  3. Except for physicians whose illegible handwriting on charts and prescription pads causes thousands of deaths a year penmanship has almost no bearing on job performance.

News

  1. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s New, Boring Signature Is Headed for the Dollar Bill

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's loopy, illegible signature has been, if not a national obsession, at least a cultural institution most Americans could rally around.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: New York Magazine

  2. The Tragic Demise of Jack Lew's Once Awesome Signature

    This was Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's awesome signature in January. This is Lew's depressingly ordinary (and still illegible) signature in June. Obama's second term continues to disappoint in new and ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Atlantic via Yahoo! Finance

  3. The White House Destroys Jack Lew's Awesome Signature

    This was Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's awesome signature in January. This is Lew's depressingly ordinary (and still illegible) signature in June. Obama's second term continues to disappoint in new and ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Atlantic via Yahoo! Finance

Quotes

  1. "There are terrific human and financial costs to illegible prescriptions," Mike Leavitt, secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, said during a Monday afternoon teleconference.
    on Jul 21, 2008 By: Mike Leavitt Source: Washington Post

  2. She then wrote something not very nice about Scarlett Johansson, which, according to photographic evidence, went something like, "Scarlett is a bloody cunt / L / Peace and love / [illegible] / fucker."
    on Nov 18, 2008 By: Scarlett Johansson Source: Defamer.com (blog)

  3. Mailer's suspicion of technology was so deep that while most writers used typewriters or computers, he wrote with a pen, about 1500 words a day, in what Newsweek's Sokolov called "an illegible and curving hand".
    on Nov 11, 2007 By: Raymond Sokolov Source: Brisbane Times

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