or dis·cern·a·ble

[ dih-sur-nuh-buhl, -zur- ]
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  1. capable of being discerned; distinguishable.

Origin of discernible

1555–65; <Latin discernibilis (see discern, -ible); replacing earlier discernable<Middle French, equivalent to discern(er) to discern + -able-able

Other words from discernible

  • dis·cern·i·ble·ness, dis·cern·a·ble·ness, noun
  • dis·cern·i·bly, dis·cern·a·bly, adverb
  • un·dis·cern·a·ble, adjective
  • un·dis·cern·a·bly, adverb
  • un·dis·cern·i·ble, adjective
  • un·dis·cern·i·bly, adverb

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How to use discernible in a sentence

  • There was a farmhouse set well back from the road and barely discernable beyond nearby growing corn.

    Operation Terror | William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • But they had not gone more than a mile along the half-discernable path before Frank, who was in the lead, uttered an exclamation.

    The Heroes of the School | Allen Chapman
  • The grace and tenderness of the author of the 'Scarlet Letter' is discernable in its pages.

    The Cradle of the Christ | Octavius Brooks Frothingham
  • It is about seven miles from the trail, and appears very fine, being discernable from all points.

  • He had an enormous bundle of them, papers of every date and every title, piled up in no discernable order.

    L'Assommoir | Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for discernible


rarely discernable

/ (dɪˈsɜːnəbəl) /

  1. able to be discerned; perceptible

Derived forms of discernible

  • discernibly or rarely discernably, adverb

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