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discernible

or dis·cern·a·ble

[dih-sur-nuh-buh l, -zur-]
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adjective
  1. capable of being discerned; distinguishable.
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Origin of discernible

1555–65; < Latin discernibilis (see discern, -ible); replacing earlier discernable < Middle French, equivalent to discern(er) to discern + -able -able
Related formsdis·cern·i·ble·ness, dis·cern·a·ble·ness, noundis·cern·i·bly, dis·cern·a·bly, adverbun·dis·cern·a·ble, adjectiveun·dis·cern·a·bly, adverbun·dis·cern·i·ble, adjectiveun·dis·cern·i·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for discernable

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  • This condition is not marked and may best be described as a discernable tendency.

  • The room is so dark, that for a minute or two nothing is discernable.

  • From the signal tower bright lights were discernable at Richmond.

    The Black Phalanx

    Joseph T. Wilson

  • Their pickets are plainly seen from our lines, and their signal flags are discernable on Mission ridge.

  • Having no guide, I could learn nothing save what was then discernable—such as the respective lines of battle of the two armies.


British Dictionary definitions for discernable

discernible

rarely discernable

adjective
  1. able to be discerned; perceptible
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Derived Formsdiscernibly or rarely discernably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for discernable

discernible

adj.

also discernable, 1560s, from French discernable, from discerner (see discern). Form with -a- was more common at first; spelling changed to -i- 17c. to conform to Latin discernibilis.

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