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Intelligibility

To be intelligible is to be understood. More specifically, intelligibility is the degree to which a speaker’s intended message can be understood by listeners. In its narrowest sense, this represents the degree to which the listener precisely identifies each word that was produced. In a broader sense, it represents the degree to which speakers effectively communicate their intention (i.e., the listener accurately comprehends the originally intended meaning). This latter sense of the term allows for some loss or inaccuracy of the individual details of the transmitted message, but it considers whether sufficient information was identified to achieve the desired effect. This latter sense of intelligibility is also sometimes referred to as comprehensibility.

From the perspective of the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and ...

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