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[in-di-sur-nuh-buh l, -zur-] /ˌɪn dɪˈsɜr nə bəl, -ˈzɜr-/
not discernible; that cannot be seen or perceived clearly; imperceptible.
Origin of indiscernible
First recorded in 1625-35; in-3 + discernible
Related forms
indiscernibleness, indiscernibility, noun
indiscernibly, adverb Unabridged
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  • He had no notion of the time; the golden hands of his watch were indiscernible in the gloom.

    The Return Walter de la Mare
  • We could almost say, not only the same power, but the same sort of power, is indiscernible in Haydn and Mozart.

  • The trail was like a softened stripe; footprints might be there, merged into the pattern till they were indiscernible.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • Control was full of people; Air Force brass, technicians, observers, enlisted men of indiscernible purpose.

    Sound of Terror Don Berry
  • By the time sexual maturity is attained the dorsal pattern often is indiscernible or represented only by faint traces.

  • We do not show it in the drawing, as it would be indiscernible, coming very close to A′ X.

  • For at first he had lain outstretched on the ground, hidden and indiscernible, like those who lie in wait for swamp-game.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
  • His eyes and nose were gone—in fact his features were indiscernible—but he was not mortally injured.

  • Between lips that stirred so little their movement must have been indiscernible, he asked: "Who?"

    Alias The Lone Wolf Louis Joseph Vance
  • His way lay across a range of hills, the road over which was so blocked up with snow as to leave all trace of it indiscernible.

British Dictionary definitions for indiscernible


incapable of being discerned
scarcely discernible or perceptible
Derived Forms
indiscernibleness, indiscernibility, noun
indiscernibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indiscernible

1630s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + discernible. Related: Indiscernibly; indiscernibility.

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