or dis·cern·a·ble

[dih-sur-nuh-buh l, -zur-]


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
Related formsdis·cern·i·ble·ness, dis·cern·a·ble·ness, noundis·cern·i·bly, dis·cern·a·bly, adverbun·dis·cern·a·ble, adjectiveun·dis·cern·a·bly, adverbun·dis·cern·i·ble, adjectiveun·dis·cern·i·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for discernible

Contemporary Examples of discernible

Historical Examples of discernible

  • The feeling of old age is discernible in this as well as in several other passages of the Laws.



  • There was a little, just discernible waggle in her head as she stated things.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • There was an undercurrent of nervousness, discernible only to her eyes.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • They will recognize the disease from evidence not discernible to regular practitioners.

    Rural Hygiene

    Henry N. Ogden

  • The villages around were discernible by their lights in the houses.

British Dictionary definitions for discernible


rarely discernable


able to be discerned; perceptible
Derived Formsdiscernibly or rarely discernably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for discernible

also discernable, 1560s, from French discernable, from discerner (see discern). Form with -a- was more common at first; spelling changed to -i- 17c. to conform to Latin discernibilis.

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