[in-aw-duh-buh l]


not audible; incapable of being heard.

Origin of inaudible

First recorded in 1595–1605; in-3 + audible
Related formsin·au·di·bil·i·ty, in·au·di·ble·ness, nounin·au·di·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inaudibility

Historical Examples of inaudibility

  • Mouths gaped their very widest to make up for the inaudibility of the cheers.

    The Story of Louie

    Oliver Onions

  • She lowered her voice to inaudibility, she raised it to shrieks and wails.

    The Butterfly House

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • Also the ostentatious absence of the front tooth, clearly accounting for inaudibility at a distance.

    Somehow Good

    William de Morgan

  • Mary's voice had sunken almost to inaudibility; the cracking of the twigs under their feet all but drowned its sound.

    The Hills of Refuge

    Will N. Harben

  • The voice sank into inaudibility and Rob threw himself back on the bunk.

    The Boy Scouts for Uncle Sam

    John Henry Goldfrap

British Dictionary definitions for inaudibility



not loud enough to be heard; not audible
Derived Formsinaudibility or inaudibleness, nouninaudibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inaudibility



mid-15c., "unfit to be heard;" c.1600, "unable to be heard," from Latin inaudibilis "inaudible," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + audibilis (see audible). Related: Inaudibly; inaudibility.

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