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[in-aw-duh-buh l] /ɪnˈɔ də bəl/
not audible; incapable of being heard.
Origin of inaudible
1595-1605; in-3 + audible
Related forms
inaudibility, inaudibleness, noun
inaudibly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Also the ostentatious absence of the front tooth, clearly accounting for inaudibility at a distance.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • Mouths gaped their very widest to make up for the inaudibility of the cheers.

    The Story of Louie Oliver Onions
  • His voice fell to inaudibility; the welcome silence left me alone with the little picture.

    The Great Miss Driver Anthony Hope
  • She lowered her voice to inaudibility, she raised it to shrieks and wails.

    The Butterfly House Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Mary's voice had sunken almost to inaudibility; the cracking of the twigs under their feet all but drowned its sound.

    The Hills of Refuge Will N. Harben
  • The voice sank into inaudibility and Rob threw himself back on the bunk.

    The Boy Scouts for Uncle Sam John Henry Goldfrap
  • Mrs. Nightingale paused with a listening eye, trying to disprove their inaudibility.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for inaudibility


not loud enough to be heard; not audible
Derived Forms
inaudibility, inaudibleness, noun
inaudibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inaudibility



mid-15c., "unfit to be heard;" c.1600, "unable to be heard," from Latin inaudibilis "inaudible," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + audibilis (see audible). Related: Inaudibly; inaudibility.

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