indecipherable

[ in-di-sahy-fer-uh-buh l ]
/ ˌɪn dɪˈsaɪ fər ə bəl /

adjective

not decipherable; illegible.
not understandable; incomprehensible.

Nearby words

  1. indecent,
  2. indecent assault,
  3. indecent exposure,
  4. indeciduate,
  5. indeciduous,
  6. indecision,
  7. indecisive,
  8. indecl.,
  9. indeclinable,
  10. indecomposable

Origin of indecipherable

First recorded in 1795–1805; in-3 + decipherable

Related formsin·de·ci·pher·a·bil·i·ty, in·de·ci·pher·a·ble·ness, nounin·de·ci·pher·a·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for indecipherably

indecipherable

/ (ˌɪndɪˈsaɪfərəbəl, -frəbəl) /

adjective

not decipherable; illegible
Derived Formsindecipherability or indecipherableness, nounindecipherably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for indecipherably

indecipherable

adj.

1802, from in- (1) "not" + decipherable (see decipher). Related: Indecipherability.

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