or dis·cern·a·ble

[ dih-sur-nuh-buh l, -zur- ]
/ dɪˈsɜr nə bəl, -ˈzɜr- /


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 forms

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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

/ (dɪˈsɜːnəbəl) /


able to be discerned; perceptible

Derived Forms

discernibly or rarely discernably, adverb
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