imperceptible

[ im-per-sep-tuh-buhl ]
/ ˌɪm pərˈsɛp tə bəl /

adjective

very slight, gradual, or subtle: the imperceptible slope of the road.
not perceptible; not perceived by or affecting the senses.

noun

something not capable of being perceived by the senses: metaphysical speculation about imperceptibles.

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Origin of imperceptible

From the Medieval Latin word imperceptibilis, dating back to 1520–30. See im-2, perceptible

SYNONYMS FOR imperceptible

OTHER WORDS FROM imperceptible

im·per·cep·ti·bil·i·ty, im·per·cep·ti·ble·ness, nounim·per·cep·ti·bly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for imperceptibility

  • Ninety-nine hundredths of this amiable world of ours would have guffawed the poor creature into imperceptibility ages ago.

    The Return|Walter de la Mare
  • He stood up, making an excuse, imperceptibility lurching as he did so.

British Dictionary definitions for imperceptibility

imperceptible
/ (ˌɪmpəˈsɛptɪbəl) /

adjective

too slight, subtle, gradual, etc, to be perceived

Derived forms of imperceptible

imperceptibility or imperceptibleness, nounimperceptibly, adverb
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