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Origin of discernible
OTHER WORDS FROM discernible
Words nearby discernible
What does discernible mean?
Discernible means able to be recognized, identified, or distinguished. If two things are described as discernible, it means they can be told apart.
The verb discern means to recognize small details, accurately tell the difference between similar things, and make intelligent judgements by using such observations.
Discernible is sometimes spelled as discernable. A close synonym is distinguishable.
Discernible is especially used with the word difference, as in There is no discernable difference between these two things.
The ability to discern or the process of doing so is called discernment, as in Only through careful discernment are these two parts discernible.
Discernible means able to be discerned—not able to discern. The word for that is discerning, which can describe someone who has the ability to discern or such an ability, as in Most chefs have a very discerning palate.
Example: These two scents may smell identical to the average person, but they are discernible to an experienced perfumer.
Where does discernible come from?
The first records of the word discernible come from the mid-1500s. Its base word, discern, derives from the Latin term discernere, meaning “to separate” or “to divide,” from dis-, meaning “apart,” and cernere, “to separate.”
To discern is to tell things apart—to separate them, even when they appear to be very similar. Things that are discernible can be identified or separated in this way. This ability is often associated with wisdom and experience. For example, some flavors may only be discernible to a person with a sophisticated or very sensitive palate. For people who are color-blind, some colors are not discernible. When two or more things seem to be exactly the same, people often say that there is no discernible difference between them.
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What are some other forms related to discernible?
- discernable (alternate spelling)
- discernibly (adverb)
- discernably (adverb)
- undiscernible (adjective)
- undiscernable (adjective)
- undiscernibly (adverb)
- undiscernably (adverb)
- discernibleness (noun)
- discern (verb)
What are some synonyms for discernible?
What are some words that share a root or word element with discernible?
What are some words that often get used in discussing discernible?
How is discernible used in real life?
Discernible is a somewhat formal word and is typically used in serious contexts.
As an email addendum, the friend who introduced me to this recommended adding sugar to boost the alcohol content. I don’t know if it works; I’ve done both with no discernible difference.
— Johny Nocash (@JohnyNocash) July 12, 2020
New USGA rule says no penalty if ball movement not discernible to naked eye. In related news, David Blaine is now the Masters favorite.
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelTAN) November 20, 2013
.@rtraister says that anger can be connective—“If you raise your voice, sometimes other women who are also angry about that same thing can find you. So anger and the expression of it can make you discernible to each other.”
— Celeste Ng (@pronounced_ing) November 17, 2018
Try using discernible!
Which of the following terms does NOT describe something two things that are discernible?
A. able to differentiated
Example sentences from the Web for discernible
I yo AIRGORDON and the rest of my Yo friends when I wake up for no discernible reason, other than to assert my existence.
To present the winner of one award, they, for no discernible reason, had to dig through five different cakes to find the envelope.The YouTube Music Awards Were Alarmingly Strange and Epically Cool|Kevin Fallon|November 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The one discernible bit sounded like she said "soup or star."New ‘X Factor’ Judges. Same Horrible, Boring, Ridiculous Reality Show|Kevin Fallon|September 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
At his last stop, with no discernible breath or pulse, he was covered with a blanket, wheeled into a side room and left for dead.Pronounced Dead in Vietnam, Lt. Bill Haneke Inspires Post-9/11 Veterans|Sandra McElwaine|November 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Daddy was nowhere in here but his absence was discernible and heavy.
I think she saw me—that my quicker change of place detached my shape sufficiently to make it discernible.The Flight of the Shadow|George MacDonald
In countries where the air is thin, colours are discernible at great distances, but still tinged with the colour of that air.The Use of a Box of Colours|Harry Willson
When colours were discernible, those on journey bent all rose up: the others fain would stay them.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson|Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
By and by we began to perceive that, between and beyond the cliffs, green grass and trees were discernible.Sea Stories|Various
The fruits born of this seed are discernible in every line of his works.Percy Bysshe Shelley as a Philosopher and Reformer|Charles Sotheran