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indistinguishable

[in-di-sting-gwi-shuh-buh l] /ˌɪn dɪˈstɪŋ gwɪ ʃə bəl/
adjective
1.
not distinguishable.
2.
indiscernible; imperceptible.
Origin of indistinguishable
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10; in-3 + distinguishable
Related forms
indistinguishableness, indistinguishability, noun
indistinguishably, adverb
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  • The colours were indistinguishable at the distance, drenched and sodden.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • Both in looks and behavior he is indistinguishable from other strong rats.

  • A camel is indistinguishable from a peanut—if only their humps be considered.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • The solar system was behind them, indistinguishable from the other stars.

    Mezzerow Loves Company Floyd L. Wallace
  • The voices that came down to them were jumbled, faint, indistinguishable.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for indistinguishable

indistinguishable

/ˌɪndɪˈstɪŋɡwɪʃəbəl/
adjective
1.
(often postpositive) foll by from. identical or very similar (to): twins indistinguishable from one another
2.
not easily perceptible; indiscernible
Derived Forms
indistinguishability, indistinguishableness, noun
indistinguishably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indistinguishable
adj.

c.1600, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + distinguishable. Related: Indistinguishably.

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