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.

Origin of imperceptible

From the Medieval Latin word imperceptibilis, dating back to 1520–30. See im-2, perceptible
Related formsim·per·cep·ti·bil·i·ty, im·per·cep·ti·ble·ness, nounim·per·cep·ti·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for imperceptible

imperceptible

/ (ˌɪmpəˈsɛptɪbəl) /

adjective

too slight, subtle, gradual, etc, to be perceived
Derived Formsimperceptibility or imperceptibleness, nounimperceptibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for imperceptible

imperceptible


adj.

early 15c., from French imperceptible (early 15c.), from Medieval Latin imperceptibilis, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + perceptibilis (see perceptible). Related: Imperceptibly. OED marks imperceivable as "Now rare."

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