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invisible

[in-viz-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. not visible; not perceptible by the eye: invisible fluid.
  2. withdrawn from or out of sight; hidden: an invisible seam.
  3. not perceptible or discernible by the mind: invisible differences.
  4. not ordinarily found in financial statements or reflected in statistics or a listing: Goodwill is an invisible asset to a business.
  5. concealed from public knowledge.
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noun
  1. an invisible thing or being.
  2. the invisible, the unseen or spiritual world.
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Origin of invisible

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Latin word invīsibilis. See in-3, visible
Related formsin·vis·i·bil·i·ty, in·vis·i·ble·ness, nounin·vis·i·bly, adverbqua·si-in·vis·i·ble, adjectivequa·si-in·vis·i·bly, adverb

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2. veiled, obscure.
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Examples from the Web for invisibly

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  • It was in the morning, and always in the morning Jones was invisibly at work.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • "I said I guessed I'd try it," grinned the youth, invisibly.

  • He was invisibly directed into the little doorway of St. Joseph's.

    The Loyalist

    James Francis Barrett

  • He could move from compartment to compartment as silently and invisibly as if he had no substance at all.

    Gold in the Sky

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • Her aunt had pressed for it, subtly, invisibly, as an older woman is able to do.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square

    Melville Davisson Post


British Dictionary definitions for invisibly

invisible

adjective
  1. not visible; not able to be perceived by the eyeinvisible rays
  2. concealed from sight; hidden
  3. not easily seen or noticedinvisible mending
  4. kept hidden from public view; secret; clandestine
  5. economics of or relating to services rather than goods in relation to the invisible balanceinvisible earnings
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noun
  1. economics an invisible item of trade; service
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Derived Formsinvisibility or invisibleness, nouninvisibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for invisibly

invisible

adj.

mid-14c., from Old French invisible (13c.), from Latin invisibilis "unseen, invisible," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + visibilis (see visible). As a noun, "things invisible," from 1640s. Invisible Man is from H.G. Wells's novel (1897). Related: Invisibly.

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