or dis·cern·a·ble

[dih-sur-nuh-buh l, -zur-]


capable of being discerned; distinguishable.

Nearby words

  1. discard,
  2. discarnate,
  3. discase,
  4. discectomy,
  5. discern,
  6. discerning,
  7. discernment,
  8. discerptible,
  9. discharge,
  10. discharge lamp

Origin of discernible

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

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Examples from the Web for discernibly

  • A pressure that would reduce air to one hundredth of its bulk would not discernibly affect water.

    Among the Forces|Henry White Warren
  • In his gait and form and face nothing was discernibly more appropriate to Post Office clerks than to the nobility at large.

    Marion Fay|Anthony Trollope
  • Great lenses are so sensitive that one cannot go near them without throwing them discernibly out of shape.

    Among the Forces|Henry White Warren
  • His own belief was scarcely to be called secret; it discernibly at any rate differed from mine.

    Embarrassments|Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for discernibly


rarely discernable


able to be discerned; perceptible
Derived Formsdiscernibly or rarely discernably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for discernibly



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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