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indistinct

[in-di-stingkt]
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adjective
  1. not distinct; not clearly marked or defined: indistinct markings.
  2. not clearly distinguishable or perceptible, as to the eye, ear, or mind: He heard an indistinct muttering.
  3. not distinguishing clearly: After the accident he suffered from indistinct vision and faulty hearing.

Origin of indistinct

From the Latin word indistinctus, dating back to 1520–30. See in-3, distinct
Related formsin·dis·tinct·ly, adverbin·dis·tinct·ness, noun

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2. blurred, clouded, dim.
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Examples from the Web for indistinctly

Historical Examples

  • "Not all skill—not all skill," piped the metallic voice, indistinctly.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • "You know everything," she answered, indistinctly, through her fingers.

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad

  • “You should have the Croix de Guerre,” he said indistinctly.

    The Crimson Tide

    Robert W. Chambers

  • But a fog lay over the water, and he could see the geese but indistinctly.

  • At the same moment I heard, indistinctly, a strange, rumbling sound.

    Left on Labrador</p>

    Charles Asbury Stephens


British Dictionary definitions for indistinctly

indistinct

adjective
  1. incapable of being clearly distinguished, as by the eyes, ears, or mind; not distinct
Derived Formsindistinctly, adverbindistinctness, noun
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Word Origin and History for indistinctly

indistinct

adj.

c.1400 (implied in indistinctly "equally, alike"), from Latin indistinctus "not distinct, confused," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + distinctus (see distinct). Related: Indistinctly; indistinctness.

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