[ in-di-stingkt ]
/ ˌɪn dɪˈstɪŋkt /


not distinct; not clearly marked or defined: indistinct markings.
not clearly distinguishable or perceptible, as to the eye, ear, or mind: He heard an indistinct muttering.
not distinguishing clearly: After the accident he suffered from indistinct vision and faulty hearing.

Nearby words

  1. indisposed,
  2. indisposition,
  3. indisputable,
  4. indissolubility,
  5. indissoluble,
  6. indistinctive,
  7. indistinguishable,
  8. indite,
  9. inditement,
  10. indium

Origin of indistinct

From the Latin word indistinctus, dating back to 1520–30. See in-3, distinct

Related formsin·dis·tinct·ly, adverbin·dis·tinct·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for indistinct


/ (ˌɪndɪˈstɪŋkt) /


incapable of being clearly distinguished, as by the eyes, ears, or mind; not distinct
Derived Formsindistinctly, adverbindistinctness, noun

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Word Origin and History for indistinct



c.1400 (implied in indistinctly "equally, alike"), from Latin indistinctus "not distinct, confused," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + distinctus (see distinct). Related: Indistinctly; indistinctness.

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