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[in-aw-duh-buh l] /ɪnˈɔ də bəl/
not audible; incapable of being heard.
Origin of inaudible
First recorded in 1595-1605; in-3 + audible
Related forms
inaudibility, inaudibleness, noun
inaudibly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Kirkwood settled himself with an inaudible sigh of pleasure.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • He managed to make it inaudible, however; and it was as well that he did.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • Under cover of the music her voice was inaudible to any one else.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The other voice was lower in key and the words were inaudible.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The cabman got on to his box, muttering something that was inaudible.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • That terrific holocaust of death and destruction was inaudible.

  • I could see now and then that he was speaking, but he was inaudible.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • He was, as great orators will sometimes be, “inaudible in the gallery.”

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • Once the night fell the sea was the smuggler's own: he was invisible, inaudible.

British Dictionary definitions for inaudible


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

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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